Thursday, January 29, 2009

Mandarin Links

A reader posted these links in comments, and I thought I would highlight them in a post.

Ryann de mummie has left a new comment on your post "Memorial Service":

Hi all,

Video of the news with regards to Shin donating her organs (Mandarin)

Article on (Mandarin)




stella said...


thanks for sharing. I'm beyond touched by you and your lovely family, shin, her strength, her honesty, her courage and her perseverance. I've only communicated to shin once through this blog. I asked her a question about the afterlife, not necessarily about religion though. I know she laughed after reading your post about what the kids said about organ donation. And I know she's reading this now and all the other comments about her. This gives me much solace, as do your beautiful kids (whose pictures I couldn't stop viewing!). josie is SO beautiful as is toby. I see so much of what shin (must be like in person) through the images of josie. the two are little miniature shin & tonys and it's so deeply comforting to know that shin will continue to exist on earth, through them. they are so blessed to have parents like you.

you've been great sharing your thoughts over the last couple of years through this blog and going through the difficult ride along with shin. she's going to leave a lasting impact on me and so many others. years from now I will always be curious to know how you are doing and especially how the kids have grown, matured, and evolved. I know their mother's presence will radiate from them their whole lives.

to shin's friends and family--thank you for being there for her and for sharing the journey with us. Blessings and lots of love.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tony and the reader. I watched the channelnewsasia last night specially for Shin report and are glad that we can watch in Mandarin too. :)

Anonymous said...

Tony - Here is the transcript of the report in English. Mel xxx

Title : Fewer than 10 bodies donated to medical research every year
By : Pearl Forss, Channel NewsAsia
Date : 28 Jan 2009 2045 hrs (GMT + 8hrs)

SINGAPORE: Fewer than 10 bodies are donated to medical research in Singapore each year. One cancer victim who died on Tuesday decided to pledge her body under the Medical Therapy Education and Research Act.

TV journalist Shin Na was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and on Tuesday, she bid a final farewell to her husband and two children.

Shin has decided to donate her body to medical research, one of about six to nine people who do so every year.

In whole body donations, all organs and tissues such as kidney, liver, heart, cornea, lung, bone and skin can be used for research, transplant or education.

This is unlike the opt-out Human Organ Transplant Act, where only the heart, liver, cornea and kidneys are used.

Tony Raza, Shin Na 's husband, said: “She would always be focused on things like the environment or recycling or saving energy or helping cases. So in death, as in life, I think she was happy to find a way she could help out. She tells the kids that maybe the research can help find some sort of cure for cancer for other mothers out there.

Donated bodies are sent to the experimental labs of either the National University Hospital or Singapore General Hospital.

The Health Ministry said that autopsies on the donated body can reveal the onset of co-morbid conditions. For example, from autopsies that were performed, doctors now know that blood vessels can harden from cholesterol plaque formed in early adulthood.

Donated bodies have many uses. Besides using bodies to educate doctors on anatomy and surgical operations, tissues can be taken from them to study the function of blood vessels and the effects of drugs on them.

Also, bones, joints and muscles from the donated bodies can be used for research on the mechanical effects of artificial discs or in constructing software that can be used for imaging purposes.

Shin's five-year-old daughter now said she wants to pledge her body too in future.

Because to her, a body is just that, while memories of her mother will live on in her mind.

In an interview recorded in October 2007, Shin Na said: “Since this recurrence, I've made a point of telling her every night when I tuck her, that I will always love her and I will be in her heart. I put my hand on her heart, and I saw that I will always be there, even when I'm not.”

In cases where a person had not pledged his organs before passing away, family members could donate his organs upon his death, if they wish to do so.

To do that, next-of-kin can approach the National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU).

Anonymous said...

Dear Tony,

This is the link to the article on Shin from the TODAY newspaper: