A Church of Zion follower believing in 'God's cure' died after twice refusing medical treatment for his acute peritonitis, an inquest heard yesterday. Coroner David Thomas recorded a verdict of natural causes. Lam Tao-chuen, 50, went to the United Christian Hospital on July 11, complaining of acute abdominal pain. The inquest heard that Lam, a real estate agent, and his family then disregarded all medical advice. Lam did not want to have surgery because he learned from another patient that he might have to wear a colostomy bag for life, it was heard. Dr Chu Wa said the family, all Zion believers, insisted Lam be discharged the following day. Four days later, Lam went to Kwong Wah Hospital after his condition deteriorated. Dr Law Chi-win of the surgery department said he had tried to persuade the patient's wife and son of the importance of prompt treatment. But the daughter, Lam Fong, 24, insisted no medical staff were entitled to treat her father since none of them shared their religious beliefs. Dr Law said Ms Lam was strongly against any treatment for her father. But the daughter yesterday told the Coroner's Court she had just respected her father's wishes, and had never objected to treatment. She admitted she believed 'their own God would take care of her father'. Church of Zion members were embroiled in controversy last year concerning the drinking of hydrogen peroxide as a cure for various ailments. Ms Lam denied her father had drunk hydrogen peroxide or taken illegal drugs. Lam died of peritonitis on July 17 - the day after he was discharged from the second hospital at his family's request.