Veteran opposition politician and former lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan, who once chaired the Democratic Party, underwent surgery last Friday after being diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer, according to his friends and colleagues.
Martin Lee, who helped found the Democratic Party and is a long-time friend of Ho, told a radio program on Thursday that he paid a visit to Ho after learning of the surgery.
The operation was successful and Ho is now recovering at home, Lee said.
Ho came to know about his medical problem by chance after he took a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, according to Democratic Party lawmaker Sin Chung-kai.
The opposition veteran was not scheduled to undergo the scan at the time but only did so after one of his friends gave up an appointment to Ho, the Hong Kong Economic Journal quoted Sin as saying.
As the scan detected a small tumor on his left lung, Ho decided to go to the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital to have it removed, Sin said.
Ho has been in good condition after the surgery as there is no sign of the cancer having spread to other organs, the party colleague said.
But he still has to rest for a few weeks.
According to reports, Ho doesn’t need to receive electrotherapy or chemotherapy, and he has no plans to quit his current post as chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.
Ho, who is also a lawyer, made his last public appearance on July 15, when the alliance hosted a candlelight vigil for the deceased Chinese Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.
He missed a memorial held four days later for Liu as he was preparing to undergo the surgery then.
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