Date
22 September 2017
Keung and his wife say he has diminished lung capacity and is unable to work after the surgery in Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Keung and his wife say he has diminished lung capacity and is unable to work after the surgery in Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

More medical blunder: Man wants compensation after lung surgery

A man who had part of his lung removed by government surgeons is demanding compensation from the Hospital Authority, claiming he had been a victim of an erroneous cancer diagnosis.

The 46-year-old man, surnamed Keung, underwent surgery in 2013 after doctors in Queen Elizabeth Hospital said they had found a tumor in his lung which should be removed whether it was malignant or not.

Earlier, a doctor in Tseung Kwan O Hospital had told him that computer images showed a spot in the left upper lobe of his lung could be cancer, Apple Daily reports.

Keung and his wife said they agreed to the procedure out of helplessness.

But after doctors had cut one-fourth of his lung, they told him it had tuberculosis, not cancer, according to the report.

Hospital documents show the spot in Keung’s lung “could be a malignant tumor” and doctors could not say for sure but they recommended surgery nonetheless. 

The loss of a significant volume of his lung has left Keung with diminished oxygen capacity, the couple told the Hospital Authority.

His wife said he suffers from shortness of breath and has difficulty climbing stairs.

Keung, who used to make HK$40,000 (US$5,160) a month shaping construction rebars, is unable to work, she said.

The couple have asked for compensation from the hospital twice only to be told they did not have enough proof of medical wrongdoing.

They said they should have come out with their ordeal to warn others. 

The Hospital Authority is following up the case but did not say if Keung should be compensated.

Last month, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man revealed that a patient in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan had part of his lung removed due to a wrongful cancer diagnosis.  

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