Chapman To suffers from rare nerve disease
Chapman To Man-chak has been diagnosed with a rare nerve disease – the Miller Fisher Syndrome.
The 40-year-old Hong Kong actor and amateur photographer was first down with a cold.
After being sick for nearly a month, he began to have double vision, abnormal muscle coordination and loss of muscle reflexes – common symptoms of Miller Fisher Syndrome.
On Tuesday, doctors diagnosed him with the disease, which can lead to paralysis or respiratory failure that caused a patient to die of suffocation.
"As I'm staying in a double-storey house, I have to be extra careful while going up and down the stairs.
"Doctors have sent my blood sample to the US for tests because the disease is very rare," he told Oriental Daily in a telephone interview.
"The recovery period will take about two weeks to half a year."
Chapman has stopped all work including attending the Udine Far East Film Festival.
"I have two films – The Bounty and Vulgaria – norminated, I really wished to go but can't now," he said.
Although the disease can be fatal, the death rate is extremely low, said the optimistic Chapman.
His wife, actress Kristal Tin, is currently filming a series in China.
"I'm really worried about him. I wanted to fly back immediately but he told me not to.
"What makes me most unhappy is that I can't be by his side. But, he comforted me and joked that the illness won't affect his brain, and he will still be as handsome and smart when he recovers.
"He showed me a picture of a large pile of food he bought and said he knows how to take care of himself," she said over the phone.
Source: Oriental Daily, HK
Published April 26, 2012