Lead on baby mix-up comes to nothing

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 July, 2008, 12:00am

Another effort to find the biological family of a man swapped with another newborn in a hospital mix-up 31 years ago has come to nothing.

An anonymous man who came forward and had his DNA tested this month is not the biological son of the woman who reared Kelvin Li Kwok-yin as her own son. DNA tests on another man in January also came to nothing.

Mr Li said yesterday that Queen Mary Hospital staff called him on Monday telling him of the result and would send him an official letter later.

'The result was within our expectations,' he said. 'There's nothing we can do at this moment. We will continue waiting, after all we have already waited for many years.'

The first man to take the test, identified only as Ah Hung, came forward in January after Mr Li's plight was revealed by the media. Blood tests in November had proved that Mr Li, born at Tsan Yuk Hospital in Sai Ying Pun on November 30, 1976, could not be the biological son of Lui Fung-ha.

In February, the Hospital Authority asked 180 mothers who had babies at the hospital between November 28 and December 14, 1976, to come for a DNA test. About 30 per cent of the 180 letters were returned undelivered.

The search for the truth extended to the Chuk Yuen Children's Reception Centre, where the woman Mr Li knows as his mother left her baby for a month. The centre closed in 2003 and the files were destroyed.

Efforts to trace two men who were born at the same time as Mr Li and adopted have been unsuccessful. Only one of the letters mailed to their adoptive parents by the Social Welfare Department last month has been successfully delivered and there has been no reply.

The two were among 25 children admitted to the Chuk Yuen centre in December 1976.

Mr Li's situation was discovered after his sister realised his blood type meant he could not possibly be Ms Lui's natural son.