Patient undergoes second liver transplant

The 43-year-old woman has been in a critical condition at Queen Mary Hospital. File photo: RTHK

The 43-year-old woman has been in a critical condition at Queen Mary Hospital. File photo: RTHK

A 43-year-old mother who had a liver transplant last week following a desperate appeal by her teenage daughter was understood to be undergoing a second liver transplant on Thursday afternoon.

A source said Tang Kwai-sze was receiving a liver from a deceased person after the initial attempt did not succeed. 

The director of the Liver Transplant Centre at Queen Mary Hospital, Professor Lo Chung-mau, had said on Wednesday that Tang’s recovery “was not the best”. 

She had undergone a transplant last week after a donor stepped forward to donate part of her liver. The 26-year-old donor was said to be doing well following the surgery, with doctors hoping to discharge her on Friday.

Tang’s case had garnered a lot of media attention after her daughter’s bid to become a donor was rejected as she was three months away from reaching the age of 18. 

Meanwhile, hospital authorities said they were awaiting the availability of heart for a 50-year-old man in dire need of a transplant.

Doctors said it has been particularly difficult to find a suitable donor organ, because the patient is relatively tall and thus cannot accept a small heart.

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