Tang Siu-Pun

City Digest, December 31, 2012

Macau officials said a woman, 60, and a man, 39 - the last of 26 patients hospitalised after a ferry bound for Hong Kong hit a buoy - have been discharged.

Monday, 31 December, 2012, 5:35am

Tributes as funeral is held of quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun

Mourners pay their respects in front of a photo of Tang Siu-pun at the funeral parlour. Photo: Sam Tsang

A funeral service was held last night for Tang Siu-pun, the quadriplegic who touched Hongkongers' hearts with his plea nearly a decade ago to be allowed to end his life.

Bouquets from government officials, lawmakers and friends surrounded the memorial hall at the Grand Peace Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Talking points

Tang Siu-pun

CY's backers take to the streets

29 Dec 2012 - 3:54am

Honour Tang Siu-pun with euthanasia debate, not pity

Tang Siu-pun attends the new book sharing session at Hong Kong Book Fair 2009. Photo: Sam Tsang

There is something indecent about even talking about Tang Siu-pun, the quadriplegic and euthanasia advocate who died on Sunday aged 43. Before the enormity of his suffering and loneliness, you can only be humbled and shut up.

So this column will not be about Tang, but our collective responses to his plight.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:06am 1 comment

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, who stirred debate on euthanasia, dies

Tang Siu-pun

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, whose appeal for the right to end his life sparked widespread discussion about euthanasia, died yesterday. He was 43.

"When he left us, all his family members, friends and classmates were beside him," a family statement said. "He left at ease, without any suffering."

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man described him as a "warrior of life".

10 Dec 2012 - 7:14am

For Tang Siu-pun, a small measure of happiness after years of despair

Tang Siu-pun at hospital in 2007. Photo: Dustin Shum

After an accident left him paralysed in his 20s, Tang Siu-pun sank into despair and thought constantly about taking his own life. But in his unsuccessful battle for the legalisation of euthanasia, he found some measure of purpose in living, he once said, and his courage became an inspiration to Hongkongers.

10 Dec 2012 - 7:15am

Pro-euthanasia quadriplegic Ah Bun dies aged 43

Author of 'I Want Euthanasia' Tang Siu-pun (Ah Bun) visits the Hong Kong Book Fair at the HKCEC in 2007. Photo: Martin Chan

Tang Siu-pun, whose high-profile appeal for euthanasia to be legalised in 2003 raised public awareness of the subject, has died at the age of 43.

The quadriplegic, popularly known by locals as Ah Bun, died on Sunday morning of septicaemia, or blood poisoning, at Caritas Medical Centre, where he was admitted on Friday, according to reports.

9 Dec 2012 - 7:35pm

Hi-tech help for disabled too pricey, says Ah Bun

Hong Kong's best-known quadriplegic, Tang Siu-pun, has hailed the potential benefits of the latest hi-tech equipment for people like him but bemoaned the fact that few could afford it.

He said his own wheelchair - a gift from Canto-pop singer Jacky Cheung Hok-yau - cost as much as a car and was well beyond the reach of the average disabled person.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hospitals 'unwilling' to offer Chinese options

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun has criticised public hospitals for being too conservative and unwilling to integrate Chinese medicine into rehabilitation treatments.

Mr Tang was paralysed in an accident 16 years ago and has been in Queen Mary Hospital since. He wrote to then-chief executive Tung Chee-hwa in 2003, pleading to be allowed to die.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

'Heart's blood' of quadriplegic Ah Bun to hit book shops next week

The story of Ah Bun, the city's most famous quadriplegic, and why he asked to be allowed to die will be in bookstores on Tuesday.

2 May 2007 - 12:00am

Quadriplegic Ah Pun greets the outside world

A quadriplegic - whose plea to legislators and former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa to let him die touched the heart of Hong Kong - has made his first outside visit, to Hong Kong Disneyland and his old secondary school.

The theme park was wonderful, said Tang Siu-pun, 34, but meeting old classmates left him in tears.

30 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Ah Pun's cry for help now the voice of inspiration

When quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun wrote to the chief executive asking for the right to die, he described himself as feeling 'totally useless'. The overwhelming public response to his plea has shown how much he can achieve.

1 May 2004 - 12:00am