Date
22 May 2017
Ma Cheuk-long is still waiting in Queen Mary Hospital for a heart transplant. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
Ma Cheuk-long is still waiting in Queen Mary Hospital for a heart transplant. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Young man awaiting heart transplant recovering from minor stroke

Ma Cheuk-long (馬倬朗), who is waiting for a heart transplant, had a minor stroke during physiotherapy on Sunday but has been recovering after an operation. 

As a result of the stroke, Ma initially couldn’t speak clearly, but now his situation is stable, as doctors successfully removed the blood clot in his brain, Metro Daily reported, citing the 20-year-old university student’s father.

Ma can now move his limbs but still needs to stay in Queen Mary Hospital, where he is awaiting a heart transplant.

His father called for a suitable donor to give Ma a chance to live.

Ma has stayed for more than a month in the hospital’s intensive care unit, relying on a ventricular assist device to maintain his heart functions.

He has been taking blood thinners to avoid any complications.

Timmy Au, division chief and consultant in cardiothoracic surgery at the hospital, said Ma is still suitable for a heart transplant but could get worse at any time.

The organ donation must be from a person with A+ blood type and with a height of at least 1.75 meters. 

Anyone who can help with a potential organ donation may contact Queen Mary Hospital at 2255 3838.

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Translation by Chloe Chow

Appeals launched for 20-year-old who needs heart transplant (June 10, 2016)

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