What It’s Like To Receive A Donated Heart And Bring It Back Home

 

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The end of Serene Lee’s life was a prolonged and painful affair.

Diagnosed with end-stage heart failure in 2011, her days then consisted of the use of a 2kg battery-operated heart pump attached to her body. On top of that, a daily intake of 20 pills.

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Qualifying for a heart transplant offered Serene hope at survival. She knew about the risks and complications of the surgery. The possibility of infections or worse, transplant rejection.

What she didn’t foresee was that the donated heart would help her gain a new purpose, and home.

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Names of organ donors are kept anonymous. But after reading about a teenager’s death in the local news, Serene connected the dots.

She owed her second lease on life to Carmen, an 18-year old nursing student who had a heart of gold.

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Touched by the plight of Carmen’s parents who longed to hear their daughter’s heartbeat one more time, she reached out to them.

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It was an incredible homecoming.

Watch ‘Confessions: Ep 2 – A Change Of Heart’ by Eileen Chong (Singapore):

‘A Change Of Heart’ is the second episode of Confessions, a social documentary series, featuring the secret voices of Singaporeans who go through extraordinary circumstances.

Confessions is part of the Viddsee Voices project to develop original films that explore with local content creators issues commonly overlooked in our society.

Watch Episode 1, Do You Remember, a daughter’s raw confession to the mother who has forgotten her.

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