That's a sheep shot

During the 1980s and '90s, it was all the rage for some Hong Kong celebrities and tai-tais to disappear from public view and re-emerge a few weeks later looking much younger.

Monday, 2 July, 2012, 12:00am

In Brief

Fetus woman arrested

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Test draws mainland women who want sons

A new DNA test that can identify the gender of a fetus as early as eight weeks is now being used as a sex selection tool by mainland women, who come to the city specially for the test.

Their efforts to identify gender and select sons were uncovered in a recent study by Hong Kong public doctors on the gender ratio of the city's births.

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Premature baby found dead at park

Detectives are investigating the discovery of the body of a newborn boy outside a park in To Kwa Wan early yesterday. The body, with the umbilical cord still attached, was found wrapped in a towel on top of an abandoned cabinet outside the main gate of Hoi Sham Park in Yuk Yat Street at 1.15am. A police spokesman said an initial investigation showed the body was that of a premature infant.

19 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Rosemary cuts the cord of financial dependence

Model Rosemary Vandenbroucke is indeed her own independent woman now. In addition to recently signing with a talent agency, in effect dumping mother Julie, who had managed Vandenbroucke (below) since the age of 14, the 25-year-old model/musician has now also severed her financial umbilical cord from mum.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Maid says embryo she kept in a jar is her baby

A bottled human embryo was found in luggage belonging to a Filipino maid who was about to leave after completing her contract.

Her employer called police on Saturday after spotting the jar while inspecting the maid's bags in her flat in Fairview Park, Yuen Long.

The maid, 41, said the embryo was her own baby that failed to develop fully.

13 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Mother seeks help for son's rare illness

The mother of a boy born with a rare and crippling condition has launched a worldwide search for doctors' opinions and advice in the faint hope he can be cured.

Five-month-old Li Chun-hei has been diagnosed with CHARGE Syndrome - multiple birth defects affecting the eyes, ears, heart, genitals and brain. About one in 10,000 children have the condition.

16 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Human placenta sold for use in health tonics

Hospital staff in Guangzhou are believed to be accepting bribes

Human placenta for use in health tonics is being sold by vendors in Zhongshan market in Guangzhou, according to a report.

One of the vendors, a woman surnamed Ku, told the Information Times that hospital employees were prepared to accept bribes to supply fresh or frozen human placentas.

8 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Music to little ears

AT THE FETUSONICS concert - a Cantonese programme of music, singing, interactive discussions and relaxation exercises for the unborn child and parents-to-be held last week - drama therapist Kevin Ma explains how pregnancy is like the World Cup football tournament.

7 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Teenage mother charged

A 15-year-old, whose newly born baby died after being thrown from her 12th floor flat in Hunghom this week, was charged last night with concealing the birth of a child. The baby, with her umbilical cord still attached, was found on a canopy outside a first-floor flat on a public housing estate in Ho Man Tin on Wednesday. She died before reaching Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

2 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Baby 'thrown from 12th-floor flat'

A newborn baby girl was found dead yesterday after her 15-year-old mother allegedly threw her from a 12th-floor Hunghom flat.

The baby, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found on a canopy outside a first-floor flat in Lok Sin House, Lok Man Sun Chuen, at about 10.30am and was declared dead on arrival at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

28 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Newborn boy found thrown from roof

A newborn boy was thrown out of the window of a sixth-floor rooftop home in Tai Po. Naked and with his umbilical cord still attached, the body was found at the back of Kwong Fuk Lane by a rubbish collector.

It is believed he was delivered in the lavatory of the home which is occupied by two factory workers. A woman was arrested.

18 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Baby dumped in bag at Kowloon toilet

A new-born girl was found dumped in a plastic bag in a Kowloon City public toilet. She was wrapped in two towels in a shopping bag in Inverness Road.

The baby, who was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, still had her umbilical cord attached.

24 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Blood cell girl leaves hospital

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Wong Ching-wai returned to her home in Cheung Chau yesterday, after a ground-breaking operation, using placenta blood, gave her a new lease on life.

14 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Baby dumped

THE body of a premature baby was found in the streets of Yau Ma Tei yesterday. Police said the umbilical cord was still attached and they believed the baby was already dead before birth or had died while being born.

11 Dec 1993 - 12:00am