South China Morning Post
28th November 2019
Food glorious food: Hong Kong school’s new project to bring joy to pupil’s suffering with ‘complex medical cases’
Caritas Jockey Club Lok Yan School planning to give its pupils more meal choices after help from Operation
by Eddie Lee
Huen enjoys fragrant dishes, even though the 10-year-old cannot eat like most people do.
“The senses of taste and smell work properly in these disabled children. The aroma of foods makes them happy,” said his mother, who declined to reveal her name.
“I hope he can experience different tastes of food.”
Huen, who has multiple disabilities, is a pupil at Sham Shui Po’s Caritas Jockey Club Lok Yan School, where as “a complex medical case”, he has been cared for over the past two years.
The students at the school, who live with severe intellectual and multiple disabilities, are put on a diet comprising mainly of puréed or liquid food. Most of them require feeding, or tube feeding.
With many parents wanting their children to have more food choices, the school plans to set up a food laboratory to develop simple and healthy recipes for the young patients.
The school principal, Chrysan Mok Oi-ling, said she hoped her students could enjoy a great variety of food, like other children did.