THE two doctors whose on-the-spot surgery saved the life of a woman on a flight from the territory to Britain have received a People of the Year Award from the Princess Royal. Hong Kong-born Tom Wong and British specialist Angus Wallace performed an operation during the flight using a coat-hanger, a bottle of mineral water and a roll of tape. Passenger Pauline Dixon, 39, had complained of chest pains as the aircraft departed in May. She had been in a motorcycle accident on her way to Kai Tak airport and Dr Wong, who works in Scotland, and Professor Wallace discovered she had a potentially life-threatening collapsed lung. Professor Wallace, of Nottingham University, said: 'We are both slightly embarrassed because it's a fairly commonplace operation - it's just an unusual place to do it.' He told the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation's 36th annual award ceremony at a London hotel that he had received a letter from British Health Minister Gerry Malone jokingly asking if the technique could be adapted for use in the National Health Service as a cost-cutting measure. The pair had already received one award for their skill and dedication during the incident and may well receive another from a Scottish newspaper group soon.