Date
26 July 2017
Yip Sik-ho is shown with his 69-year-old mother (inset). He is in a coma in Queen Mary Hospital with acute liver failure. Photos: Google Map, HK01
Yip Sik-ho is shown with his 69-year-old mother (inset). He is in a coma in Queen Mary Hospital with acute liver failure. Photos: Google Map, HK01

Mother prays for liver donor as son lies in a coma

A 32-year-old construction foreman would have been getting ready to travel to Taiwan to spend the Lunar New Year holiday there.

Instead, Yip Sik-ho (葉錫豪) is in an intensive care unit in Queen Mary Hospital fighting for his life, news website hk01.com reports.

Two weeks ago, Yip appeared fit said a friend, surnamed Ma, who described him as a non-smoker with a healthy lifestyle.

But on Jan. 16, Yip was diagnosed with acute liver failure, needing an emergency organ transplant to survive.

Ma said he can’t help because he does not match Yip’s Type O-positive blood.

Neither can Yip’s 69-year-old mother who suffers from hepatitis B thought to have been passed to her by her only son, according to Apple Daily.

She is not giving up hope but all she can do is pray that a donor will come forward.

When his condition worsened, Yip was moved from Queen Elizabeth Hospital to Queen Mary Hospital where he is in a coma.

Doctors said the next two to three days are critical.

They have put him at the top of a waiting list for organ donation. About 100 are on the list. 

Yip’s mother said he had wanted to spend the Lunar New Year break in Taiwan but the plans were disrupted when a medical check showed he had abnormally high levels of liver enzyme, suggesting hepatic disorder.

Potential donors may contact Queen Mary Hospital on +(852) 2255 3838 or send a message here.

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