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  • Dec 25, 2014
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Organ Failure

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.

Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:00am

Coupons given out for medical tests

The Hong Kong Medical Association is offering free laboratory tests to screen patients for such chronic diseases as hypertension, diabetes and chronic kidney disease at an early stage. Dr Ho Chung-ping, convenor of the coupon campaign, said there were effective treatments for those diseases, which may have no obvious symptoms in their early stages.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Gene 'markers' warn of kidney failure risk

Scientists have identified gene characteristics in diabetes patients that indicate their likelihood of suffering kidney failure.

Patients with the genetic 'markers' have a six-fold higher risk of developing end-stage renal disease, in which the kidneys stop functioning effectively.

18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Mother who received liver from stranger tells of 'miraculous' awakening from coma

First-time mother Flora Kwok Wing-mui sat feeding her eight-month-old son with a radiant smile, and spoke of her miraculous awakening.

Suffering from acute liver failure, Ms Kwok, 34, slipped into a coma late last year, just weeks after giving birth to the boy.

24 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Starfruit in Shenzhen 'not life-threatening'

Shenzhen health authorities yesterday rejected a Malaysian report that consumption of the city's supplies of starfruit was 'life-threatening'.

Malaysian media reported yesterday that a 66-year-old Malaysian, Tang Gon Seang, was among more than a dozen people in comas after eating starfruit in Shenzhen.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

slice of life

From the pages of the South China Morning Post this week in 1986

A stunned world watched in horror as the crew of the space shuttle Challenger died when their craft exploded into a gigantic fireball over Cape Canaveral just moments after liftoff.

All seven crew died in the fiery explosion, which occurred about 75 seconds after what appeared to be a flawless launch.

30 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The human face of an uncaring system

When 22-year-old Sun Wenjuan was diagnosed with kidney failure three years ago, doctors told her parents to give her a farewell dinner and prepare her for death because only the rich could afford treatment.

30 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

A lifeline for children with kidney problems

Just seven years ago, children with kidney failure had to undergo dialysis five times a day to keep them alive.

22 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

'The shock makes them very sick and the substances attack the heart and brain'

Cleaning fluid pumped through a kidney dialysis machine would have killed the patients through severe blood poisoning.

The effect of detergent in the bloodstream would lower blood pressure, attack all vital organs and the brain, and increase the body's acid level to an intolerable degree, said Dr Huang Chen-ya.

21 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Kidney donations

I READ with dismay the report 'Medic blasts refusal to quiz controversial transplant doctor' (Sunday Morning Post, November 27).

1 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Age not absolute criteria

I REFER to the letter from Mr Chan Wai-sun concerning the management of his father who is suffering from chronic renal failure (South China Morning Post, February 22).

The details of his case are being looked into, but in the meantime I wish to clarify some general points about the Hospital Authority's policy regarding the provision of renal dialysis service.

2 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Authority's lack of concern

MY father is suffering from chronic renal failure. He was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital and later transferred to Tung Wah Hospital.

22 Feb 1994 - 12:00am