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Esther’s Story


Remember I wrote about Esther towards the end of last year (post Christmas) and even into the new year? You can read more about her story here, here, and here

Yesterday, this newspaper carried her story too, from the organ transplant point of view. Isn’t this a beautiful photo of her?

estherWhat the newspaper article couldn’t capture was how her parents could not have made it thus far without their faith in and relationship with God. They cannot understand. They continue to miss her dearly. But they know their little girl is safe with Him.

What the reporter couldn’t imagine was the dignity in which her parents conducted themselves throughout the most difficult time between Christmas and New Year. They hardly slept, they could barely think straight. But just as gold comes out pure when put into fire, this couple did just so.

What the report couldn’t do justice to was the immediate impact of Esther and her parents’ gifts – it was not just to the recipients. The staff involved were so touched, they attended a simple special thanksgiving service for Esther’s life held on the ward. They stayed back during their shifts and came back from their time off to be present. They spontaneously formed two lines of escort as her parents left the operating theatre with her after the harvesting of her organs, giving them a salute fit for a queen.

And now, the ripples of Esther continue to radiate out.

May they never fade.

Esther’s Ripples


In the midst of the sorrowing over Esther, I told her parents that the impact of her short life would be like ripples.
However, whilst ripples tend to fade as they leave the centre, these ones wouldn’t I told them.

And so it has been.

Her funeral / memorial service has touched many lives.

The gift of her kidneys have already touched two lives.

People have sms-ed and phoned her parents.

And now apparently, a newspaper wants to feature them.

Do you hear the phonecalls? Do you see the emails? Can you visualize the letters? Many will seek them. Many who have undergone similar heartache and loss.

And Esther’s little life will have touched many, many, many others.

Do continue to pray for her parents. Her mother has gone back to work. Her father remains at home to spend more time with her older sibling who is having to deal with his loss too.

There is No Hope


There is no hope when death strikes….

…Unless one places hope in the risen Christ.
This is what my friend wrote. In their time of grief, it was nonetheless a celebration of life.
Yes, the little girl’s kidneys and corneal tissue have been taken to help others. It was the strong assurance that their little girl was in good hands that made it an easy decision. That not only gave them hope, but also a stronger faith.

Now the walk of faith continues on a different level.

Do continue to pray for them and their other children…. Thanks

Death Has Lost Its Sting


Thank you for praying. It has been an eventful past 48 – 72 hours, which, even as I type this, is not quite over yet.

This is the sms I was asked to send out on the night of 30 December 2008.
There were so many wonderful moments and such blessing from the Lord even in such a difficult time. The doctors, nurses and staff of the hospital were wonderful and caring. When Esther came out from the harvesting of her organs, the staff spontaneously formed two lines to salute her and her parents as they escorted Esther’s body back to the bed to await transfer to the funeral parlour.

Later when I spoke with the head of the department, I mentioned how Esther’s parents appreciated the gesture, care, support and expertise. His reply.
My response was to let him know that I was merely conveying what Esther’s parents had told me.

In return he said,
Also from the paediatrician who attended Esther, who visited her at the Funeral Parlour with his boss.
In a short while, Esther’s family will be accompanying her back to Kuala Lumpur where for Esther’s family, the journey continues.

Please do continue to pray for them.

Please Pray


A friend’s under 3 year old daughter is ill in hospital. She had brain surgery earlier today. Please pray for her recovery.

More details later.

Thank you.