KOTA BARU: Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZ II) here performed its first successful organ and cadaveric tissue transplant procedure last Friday..

Kelantan Health Department director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin said it was the third procedure conducted in the state, with the earlier ones conducted on Aug 6, 2006, and Feb 25, 2019.

He said the cadaveric organ donation was managed by the hospital’s organ donation unit in collaboration with the orthopaedic, forensic, and anaesthesiology and intensive care departments of HRPZ II.

“The department expresses its condolences to the family of the deceased on the loss of their loved one.

“We would also like to express our appreciation to the donor’s family for the noble act.

“Hopefully, all the efforts by the donor’s family will give lasting rewards to the donor,” Bernama quoted him as saying in a statement here yesterday.

Dr Zaini said the department also would like to extend its appreciation and gratitude to the police and the Kota Baru Magistrate’s Court for making the cadaveric procedure possible.

“In line with the ‘Malaysian Family’ concept, we call on all Malaysians regardless of background, status, religion and race to continue to support and pledge to donate their organs for the benefit of patients in need.

“According to a fatwa (religious edict) issued in 1970, Islam also allows organ and tissue donation after death.

Among the organs and tissues that can be donated are the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, corneas, heart valves, skin and bones,” Dr Zaini added.