Risky Blood Therapy
One woman died and three were critically ill after paying HK$50,000 in October 2012 for "anti-cancer" blood transfusion therapy at a beauty centre. In the procedure, blood is drawn from the patient, then processed to harvest the "cytokine-induced killer cells", or CIK, found in the white blood cells. The CIK cells are multiplied in a culture solution and injected into the patient along with their own blood after two weeks. The founder of the DR beauty company that carried out the treatment, Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing, has admitted there was no evidence the treatment worked.
Briefs, October 28, 2012
Manslaughter part of probe into beauty case
Police commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung said the investigation involving a blood transfusion therapy case in which a woman died was heading in the direction of possible manslaughter and deception. Four women who received the therapy at a DR beauty centre later suffered septic shock. Tsang said police would look into whether negligence caused the death and it would investigate whether anyone deceived the victims or concealed the side effects.
Cathay pilot accused of rape faces court
A Cathay Pacific pilot accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague in a New York hotel on New Year's Eve will face a preliminary court hearing in New York on Thursday. David Tonn, 35, is charged with a criminal sexual act in the third degree, two counts of forcible touching, third-degree rape and third-degree sexual abuse. Tonn was arraigned in May with bail set at US$5,000. The District Attorney's office said the victim was a cabin crew member, 44, who lived in Hong Kong.
Officers seize over a tonne of seafood
About 1,471kg of smuggled seafood, including lobsters and geoducks, worth HK$560,000 was seized at about 8pm when customs and marine police officers found three men unloading boxes from a truck to a high-powered speedboat berthed at Lung Kwu Sheung Tan. The joint operation was conducted in Lung Kwu Sheung Tan, Tuen Mun, on Friday.
There was no winner of the first prize last night. The numbers drawn were 26, 28, 30, 34, 36 and 39 and the extra number 1. One ticket won the HK$1,994,640 second prize. Third prize paid HK$61,700.