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Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 11:00

A debt repaid


A debt repaid

HONG KONG - A retired secondary school principal was given a second chance at life after receiving a liver donation from the wife of a former student Tuesday.

Wu Man-ming, 60, was former head of the SKH Holy Trinity Church Secondary School in Ho Man Tin. He was diagnosed with acute liver disease - a life-threatening condition - and doctors said he urgently needed liver transplant.

Luckily for Wu, a suitable donor was found Tuesday when Wu’s former students and relatives turned up for tests to decide a match. Cynthia Ip, wife of the secondary school’s vice-principal Lui Wai-chung, donated more than 60 percent of the right lobe of her liver to Wu.

The procedure for Ip, estimated to take around six to eight hours, is expected to be completed Wednesday morning. The transplant for Wu will, however, take 10 to 20 hours. The surgeries will be done concurrently.

Wu’s wife had appealed to the public for live liver donation earlier this week after Wu was critically ill despite being placed on top of a waiting list for receiving organs from dead donors.

Ip said she understood the risks of volunteering as a live liver donor, but wanted to do her bit for her husband’s former teacher and mentor.

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