Date
18 October 2017
Emergency personnel carry Chan in a stretcher after she was found on a hillside, less than a kilometer from where she disappeard on Suinday. Photo: tvb.com
Emergency personnel carry Chan in a stretcher after she was found on a hillside, less than a kilometer from where she disappeard on Suinday. Photo: tvb.com

Son looks to Mother’s Day after missing dementia mom found safe

A 45-year-old dementia sufferer missing since Sunday was briefly reunited with her son after a massive search before she was taken to hospital.

The woman, surnamed Chan, was found on a hillside near Shek Yam Estate in Kwai Chung, about 600 meters from the Shing Mun Reservoir where she was last seen.

She had no apparent injuries but four days without food and water had left her weak and dehydrated, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

She was taken to hospital where she remains under intensive care.

Chan’s 18-year-old son said he was relieved to be briefly reunited with his mother whom he kept thinking about as he took the college entrance examination on the morning she was found.

He said he hopes to spend more time with her after the exam and celebrate Mother’s Day together.

Chan, who has had dementia for several years, had moved in with her mother in her Kwai Chung apartment because she could no longer care for herself.

She disappeared in the Shing Mun reservoir on Sunday while the two were hiking.

A massive search followed, involving more than 300 firemen, 200 policemen and 150 civil aid services personnel backed by government helicopters.

Leung Kwok-chu, acting officer in charge of the Fire Services New Territories South division, said Chan was spotted lying on a hillside near Shek Yam Estate.

Leung said Chan was conscious when officers approached her but appeared severely dehydrated and unable to stand.

Emergency services personnel wrapped her in a blanket, put her on oxygen and rushed her by ambulance to a hospitaL

Doctors found no injuries or related symptoms but she is being kept on a neck brace, according to Metro Daily Hong Kong.

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