Fei Fei in good spirits, says family

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2007, 12:00am

Lydia Shum Tin-ha's condition was said to be improving yesterday, as a journalists' union chided the media for the chaotic scrum that surrounded the actress while she was being rushed to hospital on Thursday.

Shum, 60, who collapsed at her Kowloon Tong home, remained in intensive care at Queen Mary Hospital last night, but relatives and her doctor said she was much better and in good spirits.

The veteran actress, known as 'Fei Fei', was semi-conscious when she was taken first to Queen Elizabeth Hospital then to Queen Mary Hospital, but she was reported yesterday to be fully conscious and able to eat.

Hong Kong Journalists' Association general secretary Mak Yin-ting said the union had received eight telephone calls complaining about the conduct of the journalists who mobbed Shum's stretcher outside the two hospitals.

'We are talking about people's lives,' Ms Mak said. 'We have to do the reporting, but we should not disturb patients from getting into hospital for treatment.'

Ms Mak said the number of calls was not great, but they reflected the seriousness of the matter.

Yesterday, reporters were still gathered outside Queen Mary Hospital's intensive-care unit as family members spoke about her condition. 'She is in very good spirits. She just had noodles for her lunch,' daughter Joyce Cheng Yan-yee, 20, said.

Shum's ex-husband, Adam Cheng Siu-chow, said: 'She has come around. She is okay now.'

Professor Lo Chung-mau, chair professor of hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Hong Kong, said: 'She is fully conscious. And she can eat now.' He refused to give details.

Fei Fei was diagnosed with cancer of the liver and gall bladder over a year ago. She has since been admitted to hospital several times and undergone operations. She also suffers from heart disease and diabetes.