Blood therapy

Hong Kong mother who died after beauty treatment felt a pain more intense than labour, court hears

Daughter testifies her mother had not mentioned the experimental treatment but saw her face turning black

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 July, 2017, 11:07pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 July, 2017, 11:17pm

A woman complained of pain more intense than during labour after receiving an “experimental” cancer treatment at a Hong Kong beauty clinic days before her death, a court heard on Wednesday.

The daughter of Chan Yuen-lam, 46, recalled taking her to an outpatient clinic on the night of October 3, 2012, hours after she underwent Cytokine-induced killer cell (CIK) treatment, where she was given drugs for flu.

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Yeung Pui-ying told the High Court on Wednesday her mother had neither mentioned the treatment nor the beauty chain, but she saw her face turning black.

“It is more painful than giving birth,” Chan had told her.

She was admitted to Ruttonjee Hospitalthe next day, diagnosed with septicaemia, and died on October 10.

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Her death came a week after CIK treatment atthe Hong Kong Mesotherapy Centre of DR Group in Causeway Bay. Prosecutors claim the procedure, which ­involves blood being taken, ­processed and reintroduced into the body, was unproven and should not have been used on non-cancer patients. Two other women whohad the same treatment suffered ­severe injuries from blood poisoning.

Group owner Dr Stephen Chow Hon-wing, employee Dr Mak Wan-ling and laboratory technician Chan Kwun-chung each plead not guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence.

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Yeung said they went by taxi to see another doctor on October 4 but her mothertold the driver to go the ­centre. On arriving at about 11am, her mother had asked to see a Dr Mak , but was told she was conducting surgery elsewhere.

An ambulance was called about an hour later and Chan was taken to the Wan Chai hospital.

Yeung said her mother spoke to Mak when she arrived at the hospital, and this was when she first learned about the treatment.

The trial continues on Thursday ­before Mrs Justice Judianna Barnes Wai-ling .