Wong Kong Ying et al
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three days, and the chief signs at the beginning of his illness were swelling and inability to walk. His condition has steadily improved, although he still suffers from weakness of the muscles of the leg, particularly the right one.
Q. 262 Is he still in hospital?
A. Yes. Loung Jock Tung, aged 46, the third patient had had the same symptoms for a period of two weeks previous to his admission to hospital. Paralysis in his right leg more advanced. He showed no heart symptoms. His condition has improved. Still in hospital. On January 21st, 1934, postmortem examinations were made on the bodies of Lung Hung, Lau Bong and Wong Kong Ying. Lung Hung died, according to the information given, on January 17th, 1934, after an illness of twelve days. According to his fellow Chinamen the illness began with the same symptoms, and he died a death similar to Lau Bong who was observed in hospital. The body was fairly well-nourished, having half an inch of subcutaneous fat on the abdominal wall and one quarter of an inch on the chest. On opening the body, which was well preserved, an excessive amount of pale straw colored fluid was found about the lungs, in the chest cavity, about the heart in the pericardial sac, and in the abdominal cavity about the stomach and intestines. The heart was very much dilated, all the vessels of the body internally were dilated with blood, showing marked congestion. This congestion was particularly noticeable on the right side of the heart. The weight of the heart was seventeen and a half ounce (17 1/2). The average normal weight for the male heart is ten to twelve (10 to 12) ounces, the increase in weight being due to swelling and increased fluid in the heart muscle. The stomach wall was very thin showing a marked degeneration in the gross, the liver cross-section showing an early degenerative process. A similar picture was seen on examination of the body of Wong Kong Ying. He was in a much better state of nutrition, having one and a half (1 1/2) inches of subcutaneous fat in the abdomen and one and a quarter in the chest. His heart weighed sixteen and a half ounces (16 1/2) The same straw coloured fluid was seen in
BC Archives GR-0431 BRITISH COLUMBIA. ATTORNEY GENERAL. Box 13 File 6 Inquisitions/inquests conducted by coroners in British Columbia