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Hong Kong surgeon who saved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career back in hometown to share experience with fellow medics

Pittsburgh-based orthopaedic specialist Freddie Fu shot to worldwide fame after his successful operation on the Manchester United superstar’s knee

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 September, 2017, 3:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 September, 2017, 4:23pm

Freddie Fu Ho-keung, the Hong Kong-raised surgeon who shot to global fame after saving the career of Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is back in his hometown this week to share his experiences with fellow practitioners at a public lecture at the Prince Wales Hospital on Friday.

The David Silver professor and chairman of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine made headlines around the world when he successfully repaired Ibrahimovic’s ruptured knee ligaments in April.

Swedish superstar Ibrahimovic has since rejoined United.

“Professor Fu has spent many years in the US but still has a strong bond with us,” said Professor Patrick Yung Shu-hang, who leads the sports medicine team at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prince of Wales Hospital.

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“Many young Hong Kong doctors who want to develop their profession in orthopaedic surgery go to the States to study under him.

“Of course, he’s become even more famous in the sports medicine world after his treatment of Ibrahimovic.

“We are happy to bring him here to share his expertise with us and, in fact, he will also bring a lot of material on Ibrahimovic’s case during the public lecture.”

Professor Fu will be speaking on the topic “60 Years of Excellence in Orthopaedic Research”.

The Hong Kong-born surgeon attended St Paul’s Boys College in Sai Ying Pun before going to university in the US in early 1970s.

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A graduate at Dartmouth College, he then studied at the Pittsburgh University School of Medicine and has since stayed there.

In 2008, he assumed the presidency of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the first foreign-born president in the organisation’s 40-year history.