Dr. Susan Lim, Surgeon, First To Perform Cadaveric Liver Transplant In Asia
In September 1990 Dr. Susan Lim led the team to perform the first cadaveric liver transplant in Asia. (http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_86_2005-01-28.html) She recalled feelings of nervousness knowing that everyone was watching this historic moment for National University Hospital, Singapore but most importantly for Surinder Kaur. The 25-year-old woman was suffering an auto-immune liver disease that caused her body to attack her liver. Without an operation, she was only given six months to live. Dr. Susan Lim's efforts at training the team and raising donations to fund the surgery at National University Hospital was an important factor that allowed this momentous occasion to take place (Click here to view talk).
Dr. Susan Lim - Surgery Experience
Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Britain was where Dr. Susan Lim's surgery experience was gained, under the renowned Sir Roy Calne, who pioneered liver transplants for the UK. Sir Roy gave Dr Susan Lim the opportunity to train in his team as a young surgeon, while studying for her PhD at the University of Cambridge. After her Ph. D. she returned home to Singapore to contribute her knowledge and skillset to her homeland. This technical skill and experience, coupled with her understanding of transplantation immunology led to the successful outcome when the life of Surinder Kaur would be changed forever. (Click here to read article)
Dr. Susan Lim - Surgery Follow-Up
Following the successful transplant of the liver, Dr. Susan Lim remained involved in the life of Surinder Kaur who later married and gave birth to a son. All follow-up visits fby Surinder have been fully subsidised for by Dr. Susan Lim. She has also sponsored the education of Surinder's son, Melvinder. Dr. Susan Lim's continued involvement in the life of her patient is a testament to her caring and compassionate ways. (Click here to read Parenting Magazine)