Dying Hong Kong girl, 19, ‘too weak’ for double lung transplant as emotional appeal for donor goes unanswered
South China Morning Post | Emily Tan
|Jamella Lo has primary pulmonary hypertension, a condition that affects just three or four people in Hong Kong a year. Photo: SCMP Pictures|
A dying 19-year-old Hong Kong girl who has been waiting for an organ donation for more than two weeks has now passed the small window in which doctors said her life could be saved.
Jamella Mangali Lo remained in critical and unstable condition at Queen Mary Hospital as a spokeswoman said today she is now too weak to undergo a double lung transplant, without which a doctor said she would die.
“Even if a pair of new lungs finally come by, it is not likely that she can go through the transplantation as her condition now is too unstable,” the spokeswoman said.
The girl discovered only last month that she had primary pulmonary hypertension, a condition that affects just three or four people in Hong Kong a year.
On September 27, Lo’s family made an emotional appeal to the public hoping someone would donate the organs of a deceased loved one to help the patient, after doctors said Lo might have as little as 48 hours to live. Continue reading