The family of a Hong Kong engineering student with leukaemia is racing against time to raise up to US$1 million for a life-saving bone marrow transplant in the US.
Lo Bo-wing, 20, is a student from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She arrived at the University of Minnesota on an exchange programme in mid-January and was planning to stay for six months. But she soon fell ill and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Her insurance covered her hospital stay and medication. She has undergone chemotherapy and was discharged from hospital on Monday.
Her real battle, however, is still ahead. Her doctors in the US are searching for a suitable bone marrow donor. The operation will cost US$500,000 to US$1 million.
Lo's professors and classmates in Hong Kong are helping to raise money for her.
Her father, Lo Kai-on, said his daughter was better off having the operation in the US.
Professor Matthew Yuen Ming-fai, of HKUST's Mechanical Engineering Department, said he would set up a group to provide support to Lo and her family. The university will also seek donations for Lo through a Facebook page.
Lo Kai-on has called on people to register their bone marrow details with the Red Cross. The agency's bone marrow donor registry in Hong Kong has about 80,000 entries.