A woman diagnosed with chronic liver disease died a day after a surgeon said she should have had a transplant six months earlier, her husband told the Coroner's Court yesterday. Rosanna Shea Kwai-fong, 47, who suffered from a rare chronic disease that slowly destroyed her liver's bile ducts, died in Queen Mary Hospital on September 17, 2007. Her husband, Chiu Fuk-sun, told the court that the day before his wife died, a surgeon said she should have undergone a liver transplant six months earlier when her condition still allowed it. Mr Chiu blamed poor interdepartmental communication in the hospital for the delay. But counsel for the Hospital Authority, Alfred Fung Kwok-choi, said hospital documents showed that doctors had to suspend the transplant because Shea had taken Chinese medicine. Mr Chiu told the court that Shea was found to have the illness in late 2006 and was referred to Queen Mary Hospital in February 2007 after consulting a specialist. Shea was first treated in Queen Mary Hospital's medical liver clinic, and was told to have follow-up treatment in the clinic and at the liver transplant clinic. Mr Chiu told the court that although he had visited the clinic monthly between February and September 2007, doctors had not told him their diagnosis of his wife's condition or whether they had arranged for a liver transplant. Mr Chiu said Lai Ching-lung, head of medicine and hepatology at the University of Hong Kong, had told his wife that her symptoms were strange and believed they were caused by Chinese medicine. Surgeons in the liver transplant clinic told Mr Chiu that they had not received any documents about the patient between March and late August and could not start preparations for a transplant. Less than two weeks before Shea died, surgeon Barbara Chik Hsia-ying told Mr Chiu his wife's survival rate was only '11 to 12 per cent'. The hearing will continue today.