Manila siege survivor Yik Siu-ling back after Taiwan jaw operation

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 January, 2014, 4:14am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 January, 2014, 4:14am

Manila hostage survivor Yik Siu-ling said she missed her five-year-old son the most after nearly a month away from him to undergo jaw reconstruction in Taiwan.

The little boy would be showered with gifts of chocolate and Superman toys, she said.

"I'm thrilled that I am finally going to see him again," Yik said on arrival at the airport last night.

She said a donation from Filipino businessmen to fund her treatment would cover at least the cost of teeth implants, the next big operation, set for April.

Yik, 37, flew to Taiwan on December 11 and is due to return to Chang Gung Memorial Hospital on February 21 for a follow-up consultation. Before that, she would spend most of her time at home. She was advised by her doctor to steer clear of crowded places in case she caught the flu.

She has no plans to seek compensation from the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, where 33 operations in three years failed to resolve her jaw problems.

Nevertheless, she was perplexed by the hospital's failure to offer a satisfactory answer on why it had prioritised media management over her needs, thus delaying the treatment.

"I hope they will give me an explanation soon," she said.

The experience has left her wary of undergoing any follow-up operations in Hong Kong. Yik expressed more confidence in Taiwan's expertise in reconstructive surgery.

"I will have future operations in Taiwan since they are now more familiar with my situation than doctors in Hong Kong."