Date
12 December 2017
The man, surnamed Wong, holds two knives as he jumps from the 18th floor of his apartment in Tai Po. Photos: Google Map, Apple Daily
The man, surnamed Wong, holds two knives as he jumps from the 18th floor of his apartment in Tai Po. Photos: Google Map, Apple Daily

Elderly man survives after jumping off 18th-floor flat in Tai Po

A man in his 60s, who is said to be suffering from Parkinson’s disease, jumped off his 18th-floor apartment in Tai Po despite pleas from his horrified daughter and onlookers.

He survived the suicide attempt after landing on an air cushion set up by firemen, Apple Daily reported on Wednesday.

Police said the man, surnamed Wong, was seen by his 17-year-old daughter trying to get out of the flat’s window around 6 a.m. Tuesday. 

Unable to persuade him to stop, the teenager called the police for help.

When police arrived, they found Wong standing on a water pipe running across the external wall of the building. He was holding a cleaver in each of his hands.

Police officers spent more than two hours trying to convince Wong to get back to the apartment but to no avail.

One of the negotiators gave Wong a bag and a glass of water. It was not immediately known why he was given the bag or what was inside it.

At around 8:30 a.m., Wong suddenly jumped. Onlookers screamed.

As he fell, his body hit and broke several water pipes installed on the wall of the building.

Fortunately, he landed on an air cushion set up earlier by firemen on the ground.

Wong was rushed to the hospital.

There are around 10,000 patients suffering from the Parkinson’s disease in Hong Kong.

The disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system mainly affecting the motor system.

Chan Yin, chairperson of the Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Association, said patients suffering from the chronic disease may be emotionally unstable from time to time.

She advised family members to seek professional help when they notice the patient showing signs of emotional problems.

Hong Kong Parkinson’s Disease Association: http://www.hkpda.org

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