A 51-year-old outsourced government cleaner who suffered a heart attack at a protest is in a stable condition after undergoing surgery, according to the Hospital Authority.

The female Nepalese contractor employee was found ill during her working hours at a Canal Road Public Toilet last Sunday, as thousands gathered in Causeway Bay to protest the looming national security law drafted by Beijing.

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Health authorities recorded 19 casualties – 13 men and six women aged 16 to 72 – that day.

The cleaner may have had the heart attack when several demonstrators ran into the toilet, according to local media.

She was assisted by first aiders on-site and sent to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where she underwent heart surgery and remained in a critical condition.

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A spokesperson for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) said in a statement on Monday that it was providing the worker’s family members with appropriate assistance.

“We are saddened by the incident and have sent our regards to the worker, wishing her a speedy recovery. We will maintain contact with her family through the service contractor to provide appropriate support and assistance to them as far as practicable,” they added.

Jennifer Creery

Jennifer Creery is a Hong Kong-born British journalist, interested in minority rights and urban planning. She holds a BA in English at King's College London and has studied Mandarin at National Taiwan University.