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Media scrum as Fei Fei rushed to intensive care

Nickkita Lau

Friday, October 12, 2007


Doctors were last night keeping a round-the-clock vigil over actress Lydia Shum Din-ha who was rushed to hospital after collapsing at her Kowloon Tong residence yesterday morning.

The 60-year-old Shum, also known as "Fei Fei" because of her size, has been suffering from liver tumors and bile duct cancer.

Her former husband, Adam Cheng Siu-chow, said she was in a "stable condition" but her official condition is unknown.

Shum was semi-conscious and wearing an oxygen mask when she arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance around 10.30am.

She was accompanied by her aspiring singer daughter Joyce Cheng Yan-yee and the wife of late director Chang Cheh.

Sources said Shum suffered from pleural effusion, a complication of liver cancer. Both Cheng and Shum's attending doctor refused to comment on her condition.

Shum spent two hours in the emergency room at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The hospital had to separate an area for reporters along the emergency room corridor.

When Shum was wheeled out at 1.15pm, she was surrounded by approximately 100 reporters. Hospital workers then shielded her with white bedsheets.

Shum was transferred to Queen Mary Hospital around 1.30pm where her attending doctor and more than 100 reporters were waiting.

It took police 10 minutes to clear a way for her to enter the emergency room.

At 3pm, she was moved from the emergency room to the intensive care unit.

Cheng paid Shum a visit at 5pm. He said she was conscious and had nod
ded to him.

However, she was still hooked up to oxygen and could not speak.

Shum has been suffering from cholangitis, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure for a long time.

In 2006 she received a cholelithotomy to extract 32 gallstones.

Last year she was diagnosed with liver tumors and bile duct cancer.

Her daughter dropped out from school in Canada and returned to Hong Kong to be with her.

Shum stayed at Queen Mary Hospital for a month in September last year after an eight-hour long operation to remove one-third of her liver.

There have been numerous reports over the past year claiming Shum was terminally ill, reports which Shum and her family have firmly denied.

Patients suffering from bile duct cancer are normally advised to stay away from crowded areas and to follow a strict diet in order to avoid infections and complications.

However, Shum was recently photographed shopping, enjoying seafood and watching her daughter filming a music video.


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