A former general manager of Swire Beverages who underwent keyhole surgery at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital to remove non-cancerous growths lost 10 litres of blood and died two days later from heart failure, an inquest heard yesterday. Ng Keong-ching, 55, died on June 9, 2005. He suffered the profuse blood loss in surgery to remove lumps on an adrenal gland. Ng's widow, Leung Lai-hing, said on the first day of an eight-day hearing that her husband had decided to have the operation two months earlier, after being told his adrenal gland had not improved with medication. In pre-surgery consultation, the couple asked John Boey, who performed the operation, about the risk involved. They were told that the operation would last up to three hours, the risk was low and Ng would be able to return to work in three or four days. They were also told about Dr Boey's experience in performing such surgery - all of which had been successful. However, Ms Leung said the operation on her husband lasted longer than originally planned. She said she saw two doctors, Darren Mann and Vivian Cheung, rush into the operating theatre after surgery had been in progress for more than four hours. After the operation, Dr Boey expressed his apologies and explained to Ms Leung that the operation had been running smoothly until he was about to remove the adrenal gland, when he had encountered profuse bleeding. She told the court that Dr Boey said he then made a bigger incision on her husband, but failed to identify from where the blood was coming. He also tried to stop the bleeding by using his hand, but this failed. The court heard that Ng had lost 10 litres of blood before Dr Mann began assisting in the operation. He repositioned Ng and was able to identify that the bleeding came from a vein. Eventually, he managed to stop the bleeding by putting packs of gauze into his body. Ng was taken to the intensive care unit that night for observation. His condition became critical, resulting in both low blood pressure and heart beat the following day. Ng's daughter, Jasmine Ng Yat-sim, a hospital doctor in Edinburgh, said she was notified of her father's condition during a telephone conversation with Dr Boey on the day of the operation. She was told that her father had a good chance of survival, but his outlook depended on a number of conditions. However, the court heard that Ng's situation went downhill when she arrived from Scotland on June 8. Upon her arrival at the hospital, Dr Mann told her that her father had suffered a heart attack and had only a 20 per cent chance of survival. She said she questioned Dr Mann about the view she had received from Dr Boey on her father's chances of survival. She said Dr Mann had told her that her father had a higher chance of survival before suffering his heart attack. The hearing continues today before coroner William Ng Sing-wai.