Best boss award? Tony Leung Ka-Fai drove his helper to the hospital every day after she was diagnosed with cancer

Tony Leung Ka-Fai (L), his helper Delia and his wife (R).
PHOTO: Instagram/ nikkiechleung

You probably wouldn't think twice about helping a family member struck down by a serious illness. After all, they're family. 

But will you extend the same graciousness to domestic helpers who are not related to you by blood? 

For Hong Kong screen legend Tony Leung Ka-Fai, the answer is a resounding yes, evident in Instagram posts by his 27-year-old twin daughters Chloe and Nikkie Leung. 

In mid-November, the Leung family received terrible news that their long-time helper of 30 years, Delia, was diagnosed with stage 2B cervical cancer and had a tumour measuring 7cm growing inside her. 

Nikkie, who proclaimed that Delia was her rock, her family and her "dad's best friend" recounted how the family rallied together and ensured she received the best of care. 

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3 months ago we received terrible news. Delia who has worked for my family for 30 years was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer(7cm tumor). After three months of radiation therapy(everyday),chemotherapy(once a week) and internal radiation(4 times under full anesthesia...) we received the most amazing news today! SHE IS CANCER FREE! I just want to thank God for hearing our prayers and blessing us with such an amazing family, for giving us the strength throughout these super tough past few months and for healing Delia. Its been a very emotional, tiring and hectic few months. But we are so blessed and thankful. Thank you Delia for staying so strong and positive, and thank you for sticking to your tough, bland, red meat free, sugarfree and carb free diet(keto diet), for taking your supplements, for drinking your baking soda molasses, and hemp oil(even when it tastes sooo bad). Thank you to my parents who drove us to queen mary hospital every morning, thank you to Delia’s sister Elsa for going to the hospital with us everyday. Thank you to all the doctors and staff of Queen Mary hospital for the care and encouragement youve given us. 🙏🏻 And you know whats even better? When this all started, we met a really nice old lady who was in the same situation as Delia, all our appointments were scheduled to be at the same time or one after the other! After we got the good news today, she messaged me and told me she was cancer free too! What a good day! And lastly, for anyone else out there who is battling cancer(or to people who are caring for a cancer fighter) dont give up. Stay strong and positive. 💪🏻Hope this post can inspire, give hope and strength to others that have gone through or is going through this. #cancerfree #blessed #cancersurvivor #happytears #queenmaryhospital瑪麗醫院 #staypositive #family #byebyetumor #neverlosehope #nevergiveup #ketodiet

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According to both their posts, 61-year-old Tony and his wife, Jiang Jia-Nian, would drive them to the hospital everyday without fail, sitting in on doctor appointments and chemotheraphy treatments to ensure that everything went smoothly. 

Photo: Instagram/ chloe_leungoe

After three months of daily radiation therapy, weekly chemotherapy, four times of internal radiation done under full anesthesia and a change in diet, the twins celebrated news that their helper was cancer-free, providing encouragement to others who are also battling cancer. 

"Its been a very emotional, tiring and hectic few months. But we are so blessed and thankful. Thank you Delia for staying so strong and positive, and thank you for sticking to your tough, bland, red meat free, sugarfree and carb free diet(keto diet), for taking your supplements, for drinking your baking soda molasses, and hemp oil(even when it tastes sooo bad)," Chloe wrote.

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My rock, my family, my dad’s best friend, my beautiful jie jie Delia is officially CANCER FREE!!!! Mid November this beautiful woman was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer (7cm), now she is Cancer Free!! After months of going to the hospital everyday, diet change (keto diet), chemo(once a week), radiation(5 days a week), internal radiation(4 times under full anesthesia)...Bye Bye 7cm cervical cancer!! Jie jie you are one the strongest women I know. Through everything you’ve been so strong, so positive, cheering everyone up. Early mornings at the hospital even on Christmas Day, New Years , your birthday...You never gave up, still with a big big smile! I love you so much. God Bless You. Thank you God for hearing our prayers, thank you for healing Delia and giving her so much strength. Thank you to my parents for driving us to the hospital everyday, and going to doctors appointment and waiting on chemo days to make sure everything goes smoothly. Thank you to the staff at Queen Mary Hospital for their hard work and support. Thank you for giving us the great news today! Thank you to Elsa, Delia’s sister for being by her side everyday, every minute. I love you all so much. Today will forever be a day to remember and celebrate!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 #cancerfree #cancersurvivor #queenmaryhospital #瑪麗醫院 #daddysbestfriend #family

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"Jie jie you are one the strongest women I know. Through everything you’ve been so strong, so positive, cheering everyone up. Early mornings at the hospital even on Christmas Day, New Years , your birthday...You never gave up, still with a big big smile! I love you so much," says the caption in Nikkie's post. 

The bond between Delia and the girls is undeniably strong, seeing as she has been caring for them since they were born. 

Photo: Instagram/ chloe_leungoe

Delia and her sister Elsa are even featured frequently in family photos posted on the girls' Instagram accounts. 

Photo: Instagram/ chloe_leungoe

Tony Leung is one of Hong Kong's most recognisable film stars, with nearly 150 films made in a career that has spanned over 35 years.

Titles the semi-retired actor has been in include Ringo Lam's Prison on Fire, Stanley Kwan's Centre Stage, Johnnie To's Election and Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time. 

He has been awarded the best actor prize at the Hong Kong Film awards in each of the last four decades – for Reign Behind a Curtain in 1983, The Legendary la Rose Noire in 1992, Election in 2005 and Cold War in 2012.

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