A coroner presiding over the case of a Cathay Pacific flight attendant who died after her cerebral malaria was misdiagnosed as flu had wrongly directed the jury, a judicial review heard yesterday. Mr Justice Michael Hartmann, in the Court of First Instance, has been asked to decide whether coroner William Lam was wrong in law to invite a jury to return a verdict of 'death from natural causes to which neglect contributed'. The main issue revolved around the interpretation of neglect, with Gilbert Tien - the doctor at the centre of the inquest - submitting that it is equivalent to lack of care, a view not expressed by the coroner. Quality HealthCare doctors Dr Tien and Gavin Lau Chun-hung both diagnosed Akiko Chinen, 32, as having influenza when, in fact, she had cerebral malaria. The Coroner's Court had heard Chinen was bitten by a mosquito during an overnight safari outside Johannesburg in November 2001. The mother of a one-year-old girl died at Canossa Hospital on December 14, 2001. The court heard she could have received life-saving treatment if doctors had asked for her travel history. The judicial review continues.