Hong Kong liver transplant patient shows no sign of rejection, but remains in coma

Doctor says coming three to four days will be critical for Tang Kwai-sze, who had been dying of acute liver failure

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 April, 2017, 8:57pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 April, 2017, 10:30pm

A dying mother who received a liver transplant last week is showing no signs of rejection but remains in a coma, and a doctor says the coming few days will be critical.

Three days after she was given two-thirds of a liver donated by a stranger, Tang Kwai-sze, 43, who had been severely ill with acute liver failure, remained in a critical condition.

Before the donation, Tang’s teenage daughter, Michelle, who was three months shy of 18 – the legal age to be a live donor – was desperately exploring all means to save her mother, including taking legal ­action against the Hospital ­Authority to allow her to donate her liver.

Dr Sin Sui-ling from Queen Mary Hospital’s liver transplant centre said on Sunday there was no sign of rejection and Tang’s new liver was in good condition.

She remained on a breathing machine and had a scan which confirmed that her major blood vessels were unobstructed.

There was also no build-up of fluid and she was no longer being given cardiac drugs, Sin said.

“She’s in a liver coma situation. Her condition is still critical. And her new liver needs some more time to adapt,” she said.

Sin added that Tang’s condition was fluctuating and the coming three or four days would be critical.

She said Tang had not yet recovered proper renal function and dialysis was still needed.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old donor, Momo Cheng, was in a stable condition in an ordinary ward on Sunday.

“Her spirit is very good today … I have not yet been told [when she can be discharged from hospital]. She was able to eat congee with rice today, not just rice water,” the clerk’s father said after visiting her.

He also expressed the hope that Tang could recover soon.

Cheng received HK$100,000 from the Promoting Happiness Index Foundation for donating part of her liver.

But she decided not to keep the money and instead donated it to the Liver Transplant Patients’ Association. She said she helped Tang without thinking about any reward.

Before Cheng made the donation, Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok drafted a bill to amend the law in a way that would have allowed Michelle to donate part of her liver to her mother.