Date
26 March 2017
Ma Cheuk-long is in an intensive care unit at Queen Mary Hospital following complications after a heart transplant surgery. Photos: Facebook, HKEJ
Ma Cheuk-long is in an intensive care unit at Queen Mary Hospital following complications after a heart transplant surgery. Photos: Facebook, HKEJ

Heart transplant patient back on ventricular assist device

A 20-year-old university student who received a heart transplant surgery in Hong Kong in June has been reconnected to a ventricular assist device to support his heart functions.

The move came after the young man, Ma Cheuk-long (馬倬朗), suffered a lung infection last week, prompting a fresh medical operation by doctors, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The patient is now in an intensive care unit at Queen Mary Hospital and relying on the ventricular assist device to ensure his heart functions.

Professor Henry Wong, head of New Asia College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, noted in a Facebook post that Ma had undergone several surgeries after his heart transplant operation.

He urged students and colleagues to pray for Ma and his family, seeking a speedy recovery for the young man.

Ma was diagnosed with acute myocarditis in May, but was fortunate enough to get a new heart from a donor.

However, he has suffered some complications following the surgery.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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