Ms. Wu, a 37-year-old from Indonesia who had married a Taiwanese in 2000, suffered from end-stage renal disease and uremia. In 2017, she was introduced to Superintendent Mai-Szu Wu of Shuang Ho Hospital for treatment and kidney transplant evaluation.
Ms. Wu said that when she got married in Taiwan, she was puzzled by her thinness. A free kidney screening showed protein in her urine, so after the test she went to the hospital to follow up.
This began her struggle with kidney disease. According to Superintendent Wu, Ms. Wu had vomiting, breathlessness, fatigue, was not able to eat, and felt weak; a kidney transplant would provide better quality of life and long-term recovery.
Kidneys received from live donors have a higher success rate than those from cadavers, so Ms. Wu’s older sister flew to Taiwan for evaluation as a kidney donor.
The surgery was a success, and Ms. Wu was interviewed by the media about her TMU experience.