Hong Kong TVB actress Gigi Lai retired from showbiz at the height of her popularity in 2008. She had wanted to focus on her younger twin brother’s business after he got into a serious car accident which left him in coma for three months in 2007.

Gigi married her businessman husband Patrick Ma in 2008 and the couple have been looking after his dermatology business, which was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange last year.

Yesterday afternoon, Gigi posted a picture she took with her brother, Stephen Lai, to share her joy of seeing him regain mobility after being wheelchair-ridden for 11 years. In the picture, Gigi had her arms linked around Stephen, who was standing without the help of his crutches.

“My younger brother can finally greet everyone standing up, I’m really, really touched,” she said.

The 47-year-old looked back on the years she spent building Stephen’s business and wrote, “From CoxMax’s first shop, we expanded to Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, and expanded the space of the shop in Causeway Bay. This year, the company renovated shop floor space totalling 18,000 square-feet as we embark on a new journey.”

Gigi also wrote about the support and encouragement she received from her brother whenever the going got tough. “My brother has been fighting for his life for the past 10 years, although he has lost his mobility, he is strong-willed and optimistic and enjoys every moment of living.

“Whenever I encounter problems at work, his unyielding spirit reignites my passion for work, the dermatology trade and life.

Photos: PBE Media

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