Muscular dystrophy sufferer led a short but meaningful life

February 19, 2016 17:47
Despite suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which kept him in a wheelchair, Ho (right inset, with his parents), stayed positive and won trophies in language and computing competitions. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

A 23-year-old man diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) as a child died in his sleep Thursday, Metro Daily reported Friday.

The young man, surnamed Ho, was an only child and lived in Kam Ying Court in Ma On Shan with his parents.

Ho’s mother said her son was diagnosed with DMD at the age of six and required long-term therapy.

He had to remain in a wheelchair and required assistance in daily care.

Ho was well aware that people suffering from DMD rarely live beyond the age of 30.

However, he was a very optimistic person and would never complain about life.

Ho also took part in wheelchair races and lived his life like any other person.

He went to a special needs school until Secondary 6 and was among the first batch of students who sat the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination four years ago, Apple Daily reported.

Although he could not further his studies at university, he devoted his time to helping social welfare organizations create websites.

Ho went to bed at around 11 p.m. Wednesday night and was found unconscious the next morning.

His parents were saddened but also accepted that it was, in a way, a relief for their beloved son.

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