PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 April, 1999, 12:00am

'Viagra is my little darling. I have once again found real joy,' a patient enthused yesterday as he told how the little blue anti-impotency pills have given him a new lease of life.

The widower, 69, who gave his name as Uncle Lee, was the only patient on the trial programme to speak out about his experiences.

'It is a kind of magic. I have been given the greatest of treasures. My girlfriend says it is as if I am now 10 years younger.' Uncle Lee has suffered from erectile dysfunction for more than 10 years.

Encouraged by his friends, he went to Kwong Wah Hospital's male clinic two years ago.

He tried Chinese medicine and injections, but they had little effect.

'I took Chinese herbal pills but they didn't work very well and injections are just too much trouble,' he said.

When Uncle Lee first took Viagra two months ago, he suffered flushes, but the side effect soon disappeared.

Facing a group of women reporters yesterday, he displayed some shyness as he spoke of his 'perfect' 65-year-old partner.

'I have been with her for more than 20 years and now we have a better relationship,' he said.

'In the past, I always had to call my girlfriend and offer her tea and meals. Now it's she who calls me all the time.' Uncle Lee said the power of the drug would not prompt him to find more female 'friends'. 'I am so old now and I know my limit. I have to take care of my body.'