Yau Tsim Mong District

Doctor to the needy dies on golf course

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 February, 2010, 12:00am

A veteran cardiologist who provided care for working class and lowincome households died while playing golf with his wife in Sai Kung yesterday.

Chan Lu-kau, 60, was playing at the Kau Sai Chau public golf course when he collapsed about 11am.

His wife called the police and a government helicopter was sent to airlift Chan to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where he was declared dead later.

The cause of death is still unknown.

Other than operating his own clinic in Jordan, Chan was also a volunteer at the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions Workers' Medical Clinics.

'He was a very good doctor. He helped us and many grass-roots workers for more than 30 years,' said Choi Hing-shi, an executive director of the clinics.

She said that Chan served patients at the Tsuen Wan and Mong Kok branches of the union's six clinics.

Choi said the union was shocked and saddened by the news of Chan's death.

'He took good care of his patients that he treated them like family members. He loved sports. He was always cheerful and full of fun,' Choi said.

She said that on a joint trip to Sichuan last year, Chan's kindness was evident when he gave away all his food when he found the others had not brought anything to eat during a hike in the mountains.

'We will contact the family and offer them any assistance,' Choi said.