Date
23 September 2017
Celebrity couple Eugina Lau and Peter Cheung had been devastated by the death of their baby boy in a Hong Kong hospital nine years ago. Photo: nowTV
Celebrity couple Eugina Lau and Peter Cheung had been devastated by the death of their baby boy in a Hong Kong hospital nine years ago. Photo: nowTV

Obstetrician’s license stripped for 2 years on baby death

The Medical Council of Hong Kong (MCHK) has ruled that the obstetrician involved in the tragic case of the baby of celebrity couple Eugina Lau Mie-kuen and Peter Cheung in 2005 was guilty of four counts of professional misconduct, and that it warrants a 24-month license suspension.  

The MCHK took 12 days to hand out the final report on Sunday, censuring the obstetrician Choi Ming-yan, after an initial ruling on May 12, Apple Daily noted Monday.

The medical industry body said on a number of occasions that Choi’s professional standards did not measure up to the norms of obstetricians practicing in Hong Kong. The fact that she has insisted throughout the hearing that she has not committed any mistake shows that she has not learnt her lessons from the case, it said, as it ordered an immediate revoking of Choi’s license.

Meanwhile, pediatrician Wan Kam-ming, whose involvement in the case was also probed, was found not guilty of professional misconduct. However, MCHK chairwoman Felice Lieh-Mak said Wan’s decisions, including not transferring the baby boy sooner to neonatal intensive care for rescue, were not ideal.

The baby boy of former TVB actress Eugina Lau and singer Peter Cheung died on February 19, 2005, one day after birth, due to head injury, brain hemorrhage and organ failure.

Lau said she felt like her baby was the victim of manslaughter. Her husband thought the punishment meted out to Choi was too lenient, but insisted that he would respect the MCHK ruling.

The MCHK references previous cases when it hands out punishments. If the punishments are found to be too harsh, it would increase the chance of a successful appeal for the defendant at the High Court, according to Gabriel Choi Kin, a committee member of MCHK who was not involved in the trial.

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