Sick graduate honored before death

Local | Mandy Zheng 29 May 2020

A female university student suffering from a rare disease received her well-earned graduation certificate a week before she died of the illness.

Kiki Hung Mei-ki, who suffered from myofibrillar myopathy, which causes neuromuscular dysfunction, was in a coma when City University president Way Kuo presented the certificate to her at Kwong Wah Hospital on May 16.

Majoring in translation and interpretation, Hung submitted her graduation thesis before hospitalization and finished her studies with first-class honors.

She was also awarded an honor cord for distinguished graduates at her bedside in the intensive care unit from Kuo.

"Although Kiki requires a wheelchair and ventilatory support throughout her daily life, she is an active and optimistic participant in university life and learning with a lot of friends," Kuo wrote in his blog.

He recalled meeting her and her mother three years ago during a home visit, and described Hung as "always breezy and full of smiles."

"Life may not be perfect, but the will is infinite," Kuo added.

After entering the university in 2016, Hung was considered a representative of students with special educational needs, winning scholarships every year.

As the university's inclusion ambassador, she visited several campuses in Macau to learn about their support services for students with disabilities.

"It's not easy for me to concentrate on study, because my joints are stiff and my body gets tired easily," Hung wrote in an article.

"When things get difficult, we may feel like we have nothing. But if you pay close attention, you will find that we actually have a lot of things that have always been around us."

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