Teen on mechanical heart gets transplant

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5, 2007 (AFP) – A Malaysian teenage girl desperately looking for a new heart has successfully undergone a transplant operation after being hooked up to a mechanical heart for over a year, reports said Friday. Tee Hui Yee, 14, received a heart in a 10-hour operation at the National Heart Institute late Wednesday. The donor was an anonymous 15-year old boy who had earlier died in a road accident.

“It was a risky operation and I will not go into details but Tee has waited for a year and now we’ll have to wait and see,” Health Minister Chua Soi Lek was quoted saying in New Straits Times.
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“We are very glad that Tee has finally gotten her heart,” he said.

The girl had earlier made tearful pleas through the media for a donor heart while her doctors expressed concern over her deteriorating condition.

“How long more do I have to wait for a heart?

I need a donor soon,” Tee said according to New Straits Times on Sunday.

Tee, who was diagnosed with heart failure after suffering a viral infection when she was just two years old, was fitted last year with a mechanical heart — a device implanted outside her abdomen and connected to her heart.

She had to lug a battery weighing nine-kilograms (

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