Liver Transplantation

Improved odds for liver surgery

Mr Lei (centre) was saved by the new protocol. Photo: David Wong

A medical team at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam has transplanted livers from two donors to recipients of different blood types for the first time in the city, thanks to a new protocol.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 5:30am

Oxfam Trailwalkers driven by individual goals

Upon completing the 100-kilometre race, some jumped for joy. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A new record may have been set in this year's Oxfam Trailwalker, but competitors were still streaming across the finish line last night after tackling 20 hills in the 100-kilometre race.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Hepatitis B survivor does Trailwalker to raise awareness

Carrying the message on the trail will be (from left) William Sharr Wei, Sam Hui, Hui Yui-pun and Dai Wing-chiu. Photo: David Wong

To Sam Hui Pui-to, hepatitis B was a death sentence. At the peak of his health when he was a fireman, he set records in firefighters' fitness tests.

The diagnosis in 2003 so shattered him that he tried to take his own life, thinking the illness would kill him anyway if he could not get a liver transplant in time.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

How the bio-artificial system works

Failure of the liver - a vital organ that performs a variety of tasks including filtering out toxins from the bloodstream - will lead other organs to fail, and an irreversible failure will result in death unless a transplant can be performed.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More die in wait for organ transplants

The number of patients who died while waiting for organ transplants last year rose by almost 50 per cent compared with 2010, according to Hospital Authority statistics.

22 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Long-term aftercare necessary for liver transplant patient to have a normal life

The rather emotive response of Professor Lo Chung-mau, head of the University of Hong Kong's department of surgery ('Many children have grown up normally in HK after having liver transplants', October 26) to my short and factual letter ('Ethical issues must be considered', October 20) is unfortunate.

True, I am a plastic surgeon, but I am not 'uninformed'.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Many children have grown up normally in HK after having liver transplants

I read with dismay the letter from Professor Andrew Burd ('Ethical issues must be considered', October 20). Professor Burd, a plastic surgeon, made uninformed comments on the outcome of paediatric liver transplants and argued against life-saving treatment based on cost comparison to plastic surgery.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Plight of sick mainland boy touches more hearts

As donation offers continue to pour in to help mainland infant Li Liuxuan get a life-saving liver transplant, 23 pupils at an international school have found their own way to show they care.

After hearing of his plight in class at the Delia School of Canada, each pupil drew a card and signed it - but only after one had been dissuaded from offering to donate his own liver.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland baby's plight may bring others hope

A special charitable fund set up following the overwhelming response to a plea for HK$1 million to help a mainland baby receive a life-saving operation may also give hope to other people in need of liver transplants.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hope still flutters for liver patient

The family of liver-failure patient Ricky Cheng Kin-kwong say they are clinging to a slim hope after an appeal for a transplant donor failed to turn up a suitable candidate immediately.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Family's urgent appeal for liver

A desperate patient is in a race against time to receive a life-saving liver transplant. Ricky Cheng Kin-kwong, 42, needs a donor to step forward before Tuesday, according to his family, who say his liver functions have deteriorated and that he now needs assistance to breathe.

18 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Researchers in breakthrough on liver tumours

Hong Kong researchers have identified a type of cell in liver tumours that can develop resistance to chemotherapy, in a breakthrough they hope will lead to much higher survival rates among sufferers of the city's fourth most prevalent cancer.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Organ donation pilot widened to more cities

The mainland is including more cities in its pilot scheme for voluntary organ donations, even though the past year of test runs turned out to be unsuccessful.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Donor's first words to doctors: how is he?

It was a gesture in keeping with his selfless action.

On waking from the operation to donate part of his liver, customs inspector Simon Hui Sai-man's first thought was for the health of the recipient, fellow officer Yuen Wai-cheung.

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Liver swap centre must get independence

The liver transplant centre at Queen Mary Hospital is one of the best in the world. It has attained this standing despite the constraints imposed by the public hospital system. But the rules by which it exists are straining resources. If standards of excellence, and in consequence its reputation, are to be maintained, it has to be given independence.

22 Dec 2009 - 12:00am