Il­le­gal Myan­mar mi­grant’s or­gans save two Korean lives

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­

AN il­le­gal Myan­mar worker who suf­fered a fatal fall at a con­struc­tion site in South Korea while flee­ing im­mi­gra­tion po­lice saved two lives af­ter his fam­ily agreed to donate his or­gans, the Myan­mar labour at­taché in Seoul, South Korea, said.

“The fa­ther de­cided to donate his son’s or­gans when I told him about the fam­ily of an­other mi­grant worker who do­nated his or­gans to save four Korean lives,” said labour at­taché U Kyaw Naing Soe.

Ko Than Zaw Htay, 26, fell from a con­struc­tion site on Au­gust 22 while try­ing to es­cape from South Korean po­lice who were chas­ing il­le­gal work­ers. U Kyaw Naing Soe said the vic­tim fell from the sec­ond floor of a build­ing un­der con­struc­tion.

He suf­fered head in­juries and un­der­went treat­ment for two weeks be­fore the hospi­tal de­clared him brain­dead on Thurs­day.

The fam­ily of the worker agreed to donate his kid­ney and liver to two South Korean pa­tients.

Ko Than Zaw Htay had worked legally at the con­struc­tion site for nearly five years, but his con­tract re­cently ex­pired and he con­tin­ued work­ing there.

Four other Myan­mar mi­grants work­ing at the con­struc­tion site were ar­rested and will be de­ported for vi­o­lat­ing South Korean im­mi­gra­tion law, U Kyaw Naing Soe said. “All work­ers should live here legally,” he said.

Ear­lier in the year, the fam­ily of Myan­mar mi­grant worker Ko Win Htut Zaw, 44, who suf­fered a fatal ac­ci­dent while work­ing at a fac­tory, do­nated his liver, heart and kid­neys to save the lives of four South Korean pa­tients.

The Korean As­so­ci­a­tion in Myan­mar es­tab­lished the Ko Win Htut Zaw Schol­ar­ship Foun­da­tion in Myan­mar in July to pay for the ed­u­ca­tion of 21 stu­dents in mem­ory of his hero­ism.

Over 30,000 Myan­mar mi­grant work­ers work in South Korea un­der an Em­ploy­ment Per­mit Sys­tem agreed to by Myan­mar and South Korea.

Up to 1000 Myan­mar na­tion­als go to South Korea monthly to work, and 30,000 Myan­mar peo­ple who want to work there take the Korean Lan­guage Test ev­ery year.

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