After waiting for more than a month, Ma Cheuk-long (馬倬朗) finally received a heart donation and underwent a successful transplant on Sunday.
The surgery, which took 10 hours to complete, was smooth and successful, although the 20-year-old patient remained in critical condition, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing Cally Ho, a consultant at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of Queen Mary hospital.
The heart donor was a 50-year-old female patient who died from a brain hemorrhage at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her family also agreed to donate her corneas.
Ma’s situation in the next 48 hours following the operation would be a key indicator, Ho said.
The surgery took longer than usual – it is normally completed in five to six hours hours – because of Ma’s weak condition and his history of using a ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump to support the heart functions, she said.
Ma’s father was very grateful for the donor’s kindness and her family’s selfless dedication, calling the donation the greatest gift for him on Father’s Day.
He said it will take some time for his son to recover from the surgery.
Ma had a heart failure due to acute myocarditis a month ago.
He had been staying in the hospital’s intensive care unit and relying on a ventricular assist device to maintain his heart functions.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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