Actress sues doctors over death of baby

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 February, 2008, 12:00am

An actress whose baby died soon after birth is suing St Theresa's Hospital and two doctors for negligence.

Eugina Lau Mei-kuen, who starred in several movies in the late 1980s and 1990s, named the hospital, obstetrician Christine Choy Ming-yan and paediatrician Wan Kam-ming in a High Court writ lodged on Thursday.

Lau seeks damages, as well as interest and costs, for injuries suffered to both herself and her baby through the allegedly negligent acts of those managing the birth.

The writ alleges Dr Choy wrongly performed an amniotomy, a procedure whereby the fetal sack is ruptured to induce labour, and negligently administered Syntocinon, a drug that mimics a hormone that triggers birth.

It is claimed in the writ that those actions led to the death of the baby boy, Cheung Tin-lam, one day later, on February 19, 2005.

The actions were 'wrongful, intentional, unnecessary and unjustified', the writ says.

Lau is married to singer Peter Cheung Shung-tak. She was a popular star on TVB before becoming involved in film. She gave birth to another boy last February.