A 41-YEAR-OLD married man with two daughters underwent a liver transplant after receiving the organ from a patient at Tuen Mun Hospital. The hospital confirmed the patient, who passed away on 7 January, had donated the liver and a pair of kidneys.
Recipient Wong Fu-keung (黃富強) went through an operation at Queen Mary Hospital that lasted almost six hours. Wong’s chief surgeon, Kenneth Chok Siu-ho (竺兆豪), deputy director of Queen Mary Hospital’s Liver Transplant Centre, said the operation was successful and the new liver seemed to be functioning well.
Wong’s wife was in tears upon hearing the good news. She said she was very grateful and added that she would donate her organs too when she passes away to help people in need.
Wong used to be a manager at a Chinese restaurant before he suffered liver failure last November where, among other things, his skin and eyes turned yellow-orange. He was transferred to Queen Mary Hospital on 9 December.
Since Wong had only 10 percent of his liver functioning, he topped the liver transplant list for blood type B patients since late December. His family could do nothing but wait for the right donation. Two earlier donations were found to be unsuitable for Wong.
Wong will continue to be monitored in intensive care. If all goes well, however, it is expected that Wong could be discharged before Lunar New Year in mid-February.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 16 January 2018)
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