14-year-old boy who suffers from rare Paediatric multiple sclerosis dies at Hong Chi Pinehill School

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27th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) A 14-year-old boy who was studying at Hong Chi Pinehill School in Tai Po and was suffering from Paediatric multiple sclerosis (paediatric MS) was fed milk and water at school on Thursday (24th). He was found unconscious more than an hour later and he sent to the hospital before being certified dead. Paediatrician Dr. Anthony Ng explained that this disease is a rare genetic disease with a very low incidence rate that affects one in 2 million.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune central nervous system disorder. Paediatric MS begins in children and teens and is diagnosed through symptom history and tests like MRIs. The cause is unknown and there is no cure yet.

Affected by X-chromosomal genetic factors, the patient’s brain fails to secrete lipid-like proteins that protect the brain’s nerve lines, resulting in developmental delay, limb weakness, and epileptic convulsions. There is currently no targeted treatment plan. It is understood that the boy had suffered from chronic childhood sclerosis since birth.

At about 11am on the day of the incident, the boy was fed milk and water. There was no abnormality at the time, and then he watched TV in the room. More than an hour later, the boy was found pale and unconscious on the wheelchair by the teaching staff. They immediately notified the staff to call the police for help, and the nurse gave first aid. The boy was sent to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, where he was certified dead at 1.48pm.

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