Date
24 January 2017
Ma Cheuk-long (inset), who underwent heart transplant surgery last month, is now able to manage without a ventricular assist device. Photos: YouTube, Facebook
Ma Cheuk-long (inset), who underwent heart transplant surgery last month, is now able to manage without a ventricular assist device. Photos: YouTube, Facebook

Heart transplant patient’s condition improves

A 20-year-old university student who underwent heart transplant surgery in Hong Kong last month is recovering after being in a critical condition following the operation.

After 11 surgeries including an organ transplant and removal of blood clots in chest, Ma Cheuk-long (馬倬朗) saw his blood pressure returning to normal level over the weekend, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

The young man’s condition has changed from critical to serious.

Although Ma is yet to recover fully, his progress is a great triumph and encouragement to his family and the entire medical team, said Timmy Au, division chief and consultant in cardiothoracic surgery at Queen Mary Hospital.

Ma regained consciousness over the weekend and has been able to live without a ventricular assist device since Sunday, Au said, adding that Ma can now communicate by nodding and blinking.

As all indicators over the last 48 hours showed that Ma’s situation is improving, he may be able to shift from intensive care unit to ordinary ward in two weeks, Au said.

In May, Ma, a year-two student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was diagnosed with acute myocarditis.

He was lucky to get a heart donation last month. 

The donor was a 50-year-old female patient who died from a brain hemorrhage at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Ma’s father hopes to see his son lead a normal life again.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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