Father of 19-year-old patient hoping for a miracle

September 29, 2015 12:38
Doctors at Queen Mary Hospital refuse to give up on Jamella Mangali Lo, a patient who is desperately in need of a lung transplant. Photos: 881903.com, HKEJ

Doctors at Queen Mary Hospitalare not giving up on Jamella Mangali Lo, a 19-year-old student who is suffering from primary pulmonary hypertension and desperately in need of a lung transplant.

The past 48 hours was a critical period for the patient, Ming Pao Daily quoted Timmy Au Wing-kuk, the hospital's cardiothoracic surgery chief, as saying.

Lo’s father said he could not speak to his daughter as she was in a coma. He is hoping for a miracle so his daughter will recover soon and complete her university study.

Au said his team has been exchanging views with transplant specialists at the Toronto General Hospital.

Associate consultant Michael Hsin Kuan-Yew said Lo was still in critical condition when he visited her at 8 p.m. Monday.

The patient's failure to undergo a transplant within 48 hours means the chances of survival are low, but the medical team refuses to give up on her.

The medical team is not drawing a deadline for the transplant.

Hsin said every effort is being taken to secure a suitable organ.

Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man, who learned of Lo’s condition on Monday night, also appealed for a donor.

Lo, born to a Filipino mother and Chinese father, is a higher diploma (hotel and catering management) student.

She went on a cultural exchange tour to Zhejiang on Aug. 31. Three days later, she suddenly fainted in Hangzhou city, and was diagnosed with the illness.

Her condition deteriorated after she returned to Hong Kong and is now fighting to survive on a heart-lung machine at Queen Mary.

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