At the Prince of Wales Hospital, Danny is sitting at a blood transfusion machine. He has lost track of how long he has been there, he says, though one doctor says he needs at least four hours of transfusion. On top of this, he has a 10-hour medicine 'desferal' injection waiting for him back home. Sitting next to Danny is a fellow thalassaemia major patient, Wong Chik-sum, 10. Like 400 other people in the city, Danny and Chik-sum need to receive blood transfusions every month, followed by injections at home to reduce the excessive iron levels in their bodies triggered by the transfusions. At 19, Danny looks like a junior secondary school boy, and feels the illness has hindered his chances of getting a job. But that may change after a conversation yesterday with Michael Huddart, executive vice-president and general manager of Hong Kong Manulife (International) Limited, who visited the two patients at the hospital with his wife, Liz. Mr Huddart, after hearing Danny's story, said he would try to look for a suitable job for Danny in his company. 'We should be playing more roles to help disadvantaged people, because what they really want is self-esteem and being treated as normal,' Mr Huddart said, adding that he was optimistic about the task. The visit was organised by the Children's Thalassaemia Foundation, one of the 18 beneficiaries of Operation Santa Claus. Manulife (International) Limited has been supporting Operation Santa Claus since 2004. This year, the company donated HK$200,000 to the fund.