Heart-op finance chief raring to go (The Standard, 6 October 2009, page 7)
Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah put in a light but full day’s work yesterday as he recovers from emergency heart surgery.
However, Tsang is on doctor’s orders to take “a good rest”, so any trips overseas will have to wait until next month.
Tsang, 58, who looked every inch the classic work-obsessed “Type A” personality as he strolled into the SAR government headquarters, was at his office yesterday from 11am to 6.40pm.
He will begin “full-time work” today, attending this morning’s Executive Council meeting and later a Legislative Council meeting.
Tsang suffered a heart attack on the night of September 27. He had hardly any pulse when he was admitted to the emergency room of Queen Mary Hospital, hours after arriving home from Pittsburg in the United States where he attended the G20 summit.
Tsang attributed his survival to his wife Lynn, who is a nurse and immediately recognised the signs of a heart attack.
Dr Stephen Lee Wai-luen, chief of cardiology at Queen Mary Hospital and a University of Hong Kong professor, was on-call that night. He conducted emergency balloon-stent angioplasty to unclog the arteries in Tsang’s heart.
Looking quite well yesterday, Tsang simply waved to reporters waiting outside his office but did not take any questions.
He was discharged from hospital last Saturday.
The same day, he was supposed to have embarked on a 10-day trip to Istanbul, Turkey, for the International Monetary Fund annual meeting followed by stops in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. No official has been assigned to replace Tsang at the meetings her missed.
Lee has not warned Tsang against flying but strongly advises him to “take a good rest.”
His next overseas trip is scheduled for Singapore next month. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO summit is being held in the city-state.
Tsang is expected to spend time in his office catching up on reports and paperwork until his first public function post-surgery on Friday at a Malaysian National Day reception. (link)