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Stella Ooi RIP, she is one of sister’s good friends since their primary school time from Penang, Malaysia and then to Singapore. As well as one of my junior. She had 8As in her SPM. They just arrived to Singapore to study for a few months away only and Carmen was already here earlier. They planned a meet up in SG but they never expect this could happened. She was staying unconscious for a few weeks after passing out in school. The doctor examined and said that the blood in her brain clogged. But, She woke up for a short time. She was then switched to common ward. Meanwhile She told her parents to donate her organs. After a few days she passed out again and this time the doctor announced Carmen’s brain died. The parents respected her wish for donating the organs after her death. The body will be sending back to Penang this evening. A lot of her friends from different places are rushing back to Penang to visit her wake. RIP Carmen.· 240 · Likes
Sim Joanne LORD JESUS, kindly turn Your merciful gaze upon Carmen Mark (who return Home to You with rupture of her arterial), and receive her into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart.
At a tender age of 18, Carmen’s love is so great as to donate her organs to save the lives of 5 recipients upon her death is really unaccountable & admirable as well as appreciated with respect & honor.
May the fragrance of your soul, Carmen, rises from the earth and reach Home safely into the outstretched Hands of JESUS, with a warm welcome and rest in peace in eternal life. Amen.· 23 · Likes
News from Straits Time
Nursing student gave to others, even in her death
Organs of 18-year-old who died of arterial rupture in brain donated to five recipients
The “cheerful and helpful” Malaysian first stepped foot here in April to study at Nanyang Polytechnic under a nursing scholarship from the National Heart Centre.
She was settling into her course when tragedy struck on July 3. She collapsed suddenly while having lunch in school and was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Doctors discovered that she was suffering from an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal tangle of thin-walled blood vessels in the brain.
Her parents rushed from Penang immediately to be with their only child. Carmen spent the first 10 days in intensive care, largely unconscious. Subsequently, her condition improved and she was moved out of intensive care when she began showing signs of recovery.
There was a glimmer of hope about two weeks ago, according to her father, Mr Mark Kok Wah, when she was able to move her hand in response to him while in a semi-conscious state. “She likes dogs, so I told her that if she wants a husky, she should squeeze my hand, and she did,” said Mr Mark, 44, who works in construction.
But Carmen’s condition deteriorated last week after she suffered a seizure, and she was moved to intensive care where she died.
Carmen’s wish to donate her organs did not surprise her friend and fellow nursing student Adriana Ng, 18 , who described her as a sweet girl who was generous in helping others.
“When I found out she wanted to donate her organs, I was very touched. That was the attitude she had always had,” said Adriana.
Carmen’s lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic, Ms Chew Ling Huo, said she was a giving and loving person who put others before herself.
“She was generous with her time, often taking the time to share her knowledge with her classmates,” said Ms Chew.
Mr Mark said his daughter’s decision to donate her organs has given him and his wife a sense of closure.
“We feel a lot better, actually,” he said. “These five recipients are alive and having her organs in them we feel there’s still some part of her around. Our daughter did something good. Now five lives can move on in Singapore.”