“It was the right decision.”
A seemingly-insurmountable hurdle soon presented itself. In October 2010, the ethics committee ruled “no” and the arrangement came to a halt. “Till now I have no idea why they said no. I was disappointed, naturally, but I just held out until six months later a meeting was reconvened.” Meanwhile, time was ticking. Bryan’s health debilitated: he had high blood pressure and suffered an infection of the peritoneum. Between 2010 to 2012, he was hospitalised for 20 times.
Fortunately, the ethics committee gave approval the second time around. However, because the validity of the medical tests had already expired, Dilun had to undergo all the tests once again.
Que sera, sera, they say, and that was the almost-carefree mindset Dilun had when he decided to go through with his decision. Any fear of death or medical complications was assuaged as he decided to leave it up to fate. As he lay reclined on the gurney and was being wheeled into the operating room, he felt nerves but mostly relief. “I was glad the transplant was finally going to happen.” The anaesthetic coursed through his veins, and when he regained consciousness four hours later, he was already in the recovery ward.
“When I woke up, my first thought turned to Bryan, who was still in surgery. His family was barred from meeting me at the hospital. I only met him later when he was in the paediatric intensive care unit.” Immense relief was what he felt at the first meeting. Today, seeing Bryan grow up and live the life all kids should have is his validation. “It’s how I know I have made the right decision.”