A YOUNG woman who became ill while she was in Hong Kong on honeymoon three years ago has filed a writ with the Supreme Court, suing a surgeon and a hospital for damages. Rhonda Jayne Scudds, now 27, contends that Dr Ip Moon-wai perforated her oesophagus during an exploratory operation and failed to diagnose the injury afterwards. She is claiming damages against the doctor and Hong Kong Adventist Hospital on the grounds of negligence. It is Mrs Scudds' case that she was admitted to the hospital on New Year's Eve, 1990, for an operation to investigate swollen lymph glands and nodes. It was done under general anaesthetic by Dr Ip who allegedly perforated her oesophagus during the operation. However, it is claimed, because of negligence, the perforation was not diagnosed, either immediately after or later, and Mrs Scudds was discharged the next day. According to the writ, Mrs Scudds suffered considerable pain, vomiting and was feverish after the operation. It is pleaded that during the investigation on Mrs Scudds, Hodgkin's disease was diagnosed but the treatment for it was hampered until at least March, 1991, because she had developed a life-threatening chest inflammation which required emergency surgery on January 5, 1991. There followed a prolonged period of intensive care in hospital in Hong Kong and several months in hospital in Canada before the perforation finally healed, the plaintiff claims. Mrs Scudds claims that she is entitled to damages, including air fares between Hong Kong and Canada for herself and her husband, Dr Roger Scudds, her parents and sister. She is also claiming damages for hotel bills incurred by her parents and sister.