His operation was cancelled at the last minute, but he will not get priority on the waiting list A patient who complained he was 'robbed' of a donated liver nine months ago is still waiting for a transplant following the transfer of his case to another hospital. But the University of Hong Kong (HKU), which took up the case last month, said a liver should not be given to Leung Chi-ming simply to compensate for a 'mistake'. Mr Leung, 38, was scheduled for a liver transplant by the Chinese University's team at Prince of Wales Hospital last year, only to have the operation cancelled at the last minute. The organ was then given to a patient at Queen Mary Hospital, which is linked to the University of Hong Kong. The South China Morning Post reported his ordeal in January. Lo Chung-mau, professor of surgery from HKU's liver transplant team, said the allocation of a liver to Mr Leung as compensation would not be fair to other patients on the waiting list. Professor Lo said: 'Each donated liver is a new life to our patients ... We cannot make a decision on who should have the right to live. We have to make decisions based on objective criteria.' On September 10 last year, Mr Leung received a call from the Chinese University's transplant team telling him a liver was available. However, as he was about to be sent into the operating theatre, the head of the Chinese University's surgical department, Andrew van Hasselt, told him the liver had been 'given away'. Professor Van Hasselt told the Post he found it 'unsafe' for the operation to go ahead because the hospital lacked resources and his surgeons were too tired. The Hospital Authority has said that the donated liver was urgently needed by another patient at Queen Mary Hospital. Mr Leung said: 'I am so scared. My condition is getting worse and worse every day ... I don't know if I can wait any more.' He said he had complained to the Ombudsman and was still awaiting a reply. The Hospital Authority's subsequent plan to set up a centralised waiting list and close down the Chinese University's facility, making HKU the city's only liver transplant centre, has been hotly debated. No date for the transfer of services has yet been given. In a reply to the Post, the Hospital Authority said it had developed a set of criteria for the central liver transplantation waiting list and was in the process of updating the two liver transplant centres. 'All liver patients who are waiting for transplantation will be assessed based on their clinical condition and suitability for transplant,' a spokesman said.