Officer's odds slim: doctor

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 September, 2006, 12:00am

Doctors treating Jacky Chu Chun-kwok were not optimistic yesterday, but their remarks did not dampen the family's belief that the paralysed policeman was improving.

Yu Ronghao, the lead physician treating Mr Chu at the Guangzhou Military District Guangzhou Main Hospital, said 'the difficulties of treatment and recovery are very great'.

But Mr Chu's mother, Lee Lai-hing, said her son was better off in Guangzhou, where he was receiving more medical attention and his hands were less stiff than before.

'The doctor in Guangzhou has not told me anything, but I feel he is better. They are doing their best. His hands are not as stiff as before,' she said.

Mr Chu's wife, Chu Choi Yin-ping, said she hoped her husband could at least recover consciousness and eat on his own.

But doctors were not optimistic.

'His condition is very serious. It's been more than a year since his injury,' Dr Yu said.

The hospital is using a combination of western and traditional Chinese medicine to treat Mr Chu.

The treatment calls for one two-hour session in a high-pressure oxygen chamber every day, six times a week, and the use of muscle relaxants, acupuncture, massage and aided exercise. Mr Chu was left paralysed after being stabbed in the neck last year in Cheung Sha Wan.