Date
22 September 2017
The Les Saisons tower in Sai Wan Ho where a female doctor apparently committed suicide on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ
The Les Saisons tower in Sai Wan Ho where a female doctor apparently committed suicide on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ

Doctor, 42, jumps to death due to suspected work stress

Hester Cheung Yui-shan, a surgeon at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital in Tsuen Wan, plunged to her death Tuesday morning from her home at a high-rise building in Sai Wan Ho.

It is suspected that the 42-year-old medical professional took her own life, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

A note found by the police at Cheung’s home at the Les Saisons tower on Tai On Street suggested that the doctor was under work-related stress.

Cheung graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1998 and has since become an authoritative figure in colorectal surgery.

She was formerly chief of the colorectal team at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and had been the chairperson of the Hong Kong Society for Coloproctology.

Apple Daily noted that Cheung published more than 50 research papers and was also a regular contributor to newspapers.

The Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Tsuen Wan said in a statement that Cheung was a caring doctor and that she served her patients well.

Cheung had been scheduled to officiate the opening of a minimally invasive surgery center at the hospital next month.

Members of the medical community were shocked by the news of Cheung’s death.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).

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