Not only is Dr. Lucci Lugee LIYEUNG a well-known orthopaedic surgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital, she is also an accomplished cartoonist and illustrator. Viewing the world as a large blank canvas where she could scribble witty depictions of her daily life or hospital experiences, she aptly describes herself as a “cultural coalescence in the dexterity of art”.
Among her unforgettable artworks is a lengthy wall mural linking the PWH’s second floor lobby to the other buildings.
Her proudest creation is undoubtedly Dumo, a cartoon cheetah inspired by Duma, a real-life cheetah orphan that she fell in love with while volunteering in Namibia, and which reminded her of a stuffed toy she received as a child. Now the mascot of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Dumo also serves as the logo and mascot of a local baseball team where Dr. LIYEUNG plays.
Despite a busy work schedule, Dr. LIYEUNG always makes time for charity work. She once raised HK$60,000 for local animal charities by selling Dumo products at a Chinese New Year market. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society and the HK Conservancy Association also benefitted from sales of her Dumo-trademarked reusable facemasks and mask folders.
The doctor enjoys using her artistic talents to promote health education, especially among children. During the COVID-19 outbreak, it took her just three nights to create a bilingual story book featuring Dumo and his friends, with brilliant illustrations on proper handwashing, wearing a mask and cleaning the home. An instant hit, Dr Dumo et al has been widely distributed in schools and hospitals for free, translated into at least 12 languages, and appeared on several websites. This helped thousands and even millions of children around the world to protect themselves during the early stage of covid pandemic, when vaccine was yet to be available.
In the recent two years, Dr LIYEUNG has published two medical books and two non-medical picture books for children.
Dr. LIYEUNG was born in San Francisco, raised in Hong Kong, and educated in London. Who would have thought that this six-year-old child who drew for a major dairy company’s TV ad, who later obtained a Biomedical Engineering degree, and then went on to become an orthopaedic surgeon, could now combine medicine and art so effortlessly and magically…?