Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man was rushed to hospital Sunday after he stumbled over a boy while attending a two-kilometer run in Sheung Shui.
Blood was running down Ko’s face, and he was immediately taken to the first-aid station nearby and later to North District Hospital, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee, the undersecretary for food and health, went to visit him in hospital.
She said Ko has a minor fracture in his cheekbone, and he had scrapes on his forehead and lips.
Some cuts were stitched.
Chan said a CT scan showed that Ko hadn’t suffered any brain damage, but his right eye is a bit swollen, so the doctor told him not to talk too much.
Ko’s doctor advised him to take at least two weeks off to rest.
The little boy wasn’t injured and managed to continue his race.
At around 8:25 a.m. Sunday, Ko set off with other special guests on the two-kilometer fun run, in which 400 people took part.
His press secretary said the accident happened just after the race started.
A little boy near Ko fell down suddenly, and Ko tripped over him as he tried to avoid the child.
Ko fell face first on the road. His glasses fell off, and his face was bloody.
Race participants rushed to Ko and the boy to help them.
Hau Yiu-chung, chairman of the North District Association for Sports and Culture Development, said there was enough space at the starting line for runners.
He said the accident was just an isolated incident.
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