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Indonesia’s much-needed organ bank on the way

  • A. Kurniawan Ulung

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 16 2016   /  11:05 am

Human organ transportIndonesia is yet to have an organ bank, a facility needed not only by patients but also by donors.Japanese Masaru Kawada never imagined that his life would end in a small prison in Indonesia. However, he has made a last wish before he dies.  

“I want to donate all my organs to Indonesian and Japanese people. Kidney, lung, heart, liver, corneas, bone marrow and others,” the 75-year-old said at a prison in Pariaman, West Sumatra.  

On May 20, 2015, the Pariaman District Court sentenced Kawada to life imprisonment for smuggling 2.7 kilograms of crystal meth through Minangkabau International Airport on Nov. 22, 2014.

After hearing the judge’s decision, he planned to commit suicide. However, he changed his mind because suicide is against his religion, Christianity. His wife, who donated her kidney to their son five years ago in Japan, ...