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Referral Guidelines

Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong grants one special wish to children aged between 3 and 17 with life-threatening medical conditions, who are receiving medical treatments in Hong Kong and Macau, to bring them hope, strength and joy, and create wonderful memories for them and their families.

  1. I. To be eligible, a child must meet these criteria at the time of referral
    • Diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that is placing the child’s life in jeopardy; AND
    • Aged between 3 and 17; AND
    • Has not received a wish from Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong or our affiliates.
  2. Illustrative examples of medical conditions
    Oncology All cancers
      Hematology such as:
      • Aplastic anemia
      • Thalassaemia
      • Severe hemophilia
      Immunodeficiency Disease such as:
      • Congenital immune deficiency that is life-threatening or requiring bone marrow transplant
      • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome with symptoms (HIV infection with symptoms or significant immune suppression)
      Metabolic Disease such as:
      • Gaucher’s disease, with progressive neurological involvement and other similar conditions
      • Inborn errors of metabolism with life-threatening consequences
      Neurology such as:
      • Brain or spinal cord tumours
      • Degenerative neurological disorders
      • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
      • Werdnig-Hoffmann disease
      Cardiology such as:
      • Inoperable or palliated congenital heart defects
      • Severe congestive heart failure
      • Cardiac transplant
      Gastrointestinal Disease such as:
      • Transplant patients
      • End-stage liver failure
      • Biliary atresia
      • Short bowel syndrome
      Renal Disease such as:
      • End-stage renal failure
      • Transplant patients, prior to surgery, or complications with surgery, or rejection
      Pulmonary Disease such as:
      • Complex severe cystic fibrosis
      • Complex severe bronchiectasis
      • Transplant patients, prior to surgery, or complications with surgery, or rejection

    The list is not exhaustive and is for reference only. Applicants diagnosed with diseases not mentioned on this list will also be evaluated by Make-A-Wish® Hong Kong. Physician may make referrals and provide additional information to explain the medical conditions of the applicants that would be life-threatening.