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An unawared metropolitan infectious disease - tubercular meningitis

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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Leo Lam Cheung-wai known for his aesthetic contribution in empowering the disabled to develop has been Chairman of the Hong Kong Rehabilitation Power for ten years long.


“Your illness could hardly cured, even if it could it’s a miracle, but such cases seldom occur” Leo recalled as he gave a talk at Shue Yan University yesterday. “That’s what I was told by my doctor when I was in the hospital”.


Leo was just the same as us at his early twenties but the back pain he suffered during his Bachelor examination period marked a “new start” for the rest of his life. His back pain brought him the primary infectious disease - Tuberculous meningitis.


“With the level of medication we have today, your Tuberculous meningitis illness cannot be cured”, when told by the doctor Leo’s conviction was totally broken.


“All I want to do is just to escape from reality, I retreated myself at the village” Leo added. The time he gave up everything in Hong Kong and return to his hometown.


In fact, Tuberculous meningitis also known as (TB meningitis) has been a leading infectious disease since the 90s. About tenth of the world’s population is infected by tubercular bacilli.


The infected majority does not bear morbidity, regarded as latent TB infrction. However 5%-10% of latent TB infected patients will futher develop to active tuberculous carrier. If lack medication, the infectious disease can spread in large scale, death rate of such cases is expected to be over 50%.


In Leo’s case, the tubercular bacilli spread in his body from lung to kidney. Firstly, back pain and later the bacilli spread to his brain through the Central Nervous System. Since then, Leo has to spend the rest of his days on a wheelchair.


Though unfortunate, Leo do appreciate what he had experience in the past years, he is now having a deeper understanding of what life means. “Life is to feed yourself with food and to feel the love existing between people.


“If I can choose again I’ll definitely choose the same road, without these heart-searching experiences, I could hardly weak up from my childish dream.”2009年9月23日 (三) 00:43 (UTC)

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