Toddler, Hanano Oyama, becomes Singapore’s youngest solid organ donor

In life, she was a charming toddler with an independent streak.

Now, after her tragic death in a swimming pool accident, Hanano Oyama has given hope to others as Singapore’s youngest solid organ donor.

The 1 1/2-year-old’s parents allowed doctors to remove her kidneys and heart valve after receiving the devastating news that she was brain-dead.

Her organs were then used to help other seriously ill patients, one of whom was a child.

“The only thing keeping me going is that she has saved somebody’s life,” said her father, Japanese national Norimichi Oyama. “That’s something I’m proud of.”

Mr Oyama recalled the moment he and his wife Kana, 35, a part-time administrative assistant, realised Hanano had gone missing two weeks ago during a family gathering at their Robertson Quay condominium.

The toddler was later found unconscious in the swimming pool. Doctors at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital fought to save her, but she never woke up.

On Sunday, they broke the news to Mr Oyama that she was brain-dead, and asked if he would allow her organs to be donated.

Despite his grief, he did not hesitate. “It didn’t take me even one second to decide,” the 33-year-old consultant told The Straits Times.

Doctors removed the organs in an operation yesterday morning. The recipients’ identities have been kept confidential.

Solid organ donation involves the whole of the heart, liver or kidneys, as opposed to just tissues such as bone marrow and skin.

Mr Oyama, who has lived in Singapore for two years and also has a four-year-old son, said he had been working with a transplant coordinator from the hospital since last Wednesday.

He described his daughter as charming and independent, with a strong character. She was well- loved by teachers at her childcare centre, who kept hugging and carrying her.

Mr Oyama urged parents to be careful with toddlers near swimming pools, and donate their children’s organs if they are intact.

Asked why he chose this step for his daughter, he said: “I made this decision, together with my wife, because I don’t want any other parent to feel what I feel. If my daughter can save someone, then why not?”

In 2011, a three-year-old boy reportedly became Singapore’s youngest solid organ donor after his parents gave consent for his kidneys and corneas to be removed.

The Health Ministry said there have been an average of one to two foreign deceased donors here every year since 2004, but this was the first case involving a child from Japan.

jalmsab@sph.com.sg

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Comments from the net :

  • We , Singaporeans salute you Mr & Mrs Norimichi Oyama for your unselfish sacrifice
    for your beautiful daughter’s ‘priceless gift of Life’ to needy recipients.
    When a baby is born, Heavenly Registry records Date of Birth & Date of Death simultaneously and GOD has his reason for the good well being of MANKIND.
    “Alikato Go Tsai Mass” Mr & Mrs Norimichi Oyama. GOD Bless you.
  • Salutations. She has given her previous gift of life to many more. Hanano will continue to live through the lives she saved.
  • Saluate to the parents who has made a generous decision to donate their child’s organs. Little Hanano will continue to live on spreading her charm to those lives she has saved
  • This is so sad yet so inspiring. It takes great courage and magnanimity to do what the parents of Hanano Oyama did. Mr & Mrs Oyama, you have my deepest respect.
  • Despite the death of his daughter in a tragic accident,her parent shown so much courage and compassion to others by donating her organ
  • my condolences to this japanese father and his wife. thks for the kindness shown in donating the organs to those in need of them in sg.
  • I’ve learn so much from you, be strong and help out others. Stay strong!! Hanano is so proud to have a family like your. God bless you all.
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