SCMP Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Student, 16, dies on way to sit exam


A 16-year-old student collapsed and died yesterday on his way to sit his Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination in maths.
Fifth-former Chiu Kwok-yuk fainted shortly after stepping off a train at the LRT station in Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road at about 8am.
He was on his way to sit the exam with a friend. His friend, 17, sought help from a commuter who called police.
Kwok-yuk had lost consciousness when emergency crews arrived. He was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital where he was declared dead at about 3.30pm. He was the only child of a family that lives in Siu Shan Court, Tuen Mun.
An officer from Tuen Mun police station said they were told by medical staff that Kwok-yuk had suffered kidney failure, a condition of which his parents were apparently unaware.
Hard-hit by the news, the boy's mother was admitted to hospital for a check-up. The teenager's father said his son had suffered asthma when he was young, but had recovered and took part in sports.
He described Kwok-yuk as a quiet boy and said his academic results were above average and he was always in the top 10 in his class.