Motor Neuron Disease

Patients with weak muscles to get new wheelchair-friendly car

When Fok Tan Mei-ling's son was diagnosed a few months after birth with an acute neuromuscular disease, she learned that he would not survive and there were no other families to turn to for guidance.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011, 12:00am

Spinal muscular atrophy patients to benefit through vehicle donation

Families involved with the SMA Charitable Trust will receive funding from Operation Santa Claus (OSC) to buy a car that can transport wheelchair-bound spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients.

The trust is a charity that serves SMA patients who require intensive care due to their poor physical condition.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Look who pitched in to do their festive bit

The efforts of a colourful cast of characters helped to make this year's Operation Santa Claus such a success.

31 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Clever lad caught in immobile body

Fok Mei-ling leans forward and plants a kiss on her son's cheek. He starts to laugh.

Howard Fok Hin-yeung's laugh is not accompanied by a smile, because other than being able to move his eyes from side to side, none of the muscles in his face work. But a staccato sound emanates from his chest.

13 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

A prisoner of his own body searches for dignity, one letter at a time

A slight twist of his mouth is the only way for 'Mr A' to communicate with his loved ones

A twist of the mouth - that is all 'Mr A' can do to communicate.

14 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Must let sick children stay

May I add a voice in support of a plea to save the lives of a small group of severely ill children in a local immigration camp. If sent back to Vietnam (which is the present arrangement) they will certainly die.

They may die anyway, but at least here in Hong Kong they are receiving medical treatment which is simply not available in Vietnam. There are less than eight of them.

30 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Doctors still put themselves before patients

DOCTORS are still putting themselves before their patients despite a Hospital Authority drive to create a patient-centred service, according to research carried out at Hong Kong University.

Interviews with 150 patients at a government-run chest clinic in Wan Chai showed that doctors rarely bothered to explain a diagnosis or acknowledge patients' feelings.

25 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Just what the doctor ordered

I APPLAUD the much-delayed action of the medical association requiring their Western-trained doctors to write down the details of the medication they prescribe to their patients.

Only in Hong Kong does a patient pay through his nose for medication he knows nothing about unless he boldly asks what it is for.

12 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Rights of patients should be enforced

I AM writing concerning the rights of patients as drafted by the Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA).

I appreciate and agree with the spirit of the ''rights of patients'' but I wonder about its practicability and enforcement.

5 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

New counselling service step in right direction

WE refer to the article headlined, ''Counselling eases the pain'' (South China Morning Post, April 27).

6 May 1993 - 12:00am