Wuhan heart doctors heal far and wide

Publish Time: 2019-07-26 Author: Li Danqing From: chinadaily.com.cn

Tao Liang conducts a heart examination on a child at a local hospital in Qiongjie county, Shannan, Tibet autonomous region, on July 13, 2019. [Yu Yu/for chinadaily.com.cn]

Experts from Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital in Central China's Hubei province have travelled thousands of kilometers across the nation to conduct examinations on children with congenital heart diseases and carry out surgeries free of charge, Chutian Metropolis Daily reported.

Ever since the hospital was founded in 1999, the team of medical experts led by Tao Liang, head of the hospital's cardiothoracic surgery department, has paid visits to a number of poverty-stricken regions, old revolutionary base areas and remote mountainous areas. In the past eight years, they have visited Tibet autonomous region five times, bringing professional medical assistance to local residents.

Tao Liang and a member of the Wuhan team visit Phuntsok Yangdron in Remuna village, Naidong county, Shannan, Tibet autonomous region, on July 13, 2019. [Yu Yu/for chinadaily.com.cn]

Phuntsok Yangdron, a 16-year-old Tibetan girl, received help from experts at Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital seven years ago.

In 2012, she was diagnosed with leakage in her left atrium and right heart crown. Later, she was transferred to Wuhan to receive heart surgery, and Tao was her surgeon.

The two met again this year when the hospital's expert team revisited Yangdron's hometown in Naidong county, Shannan, Tibet autonomous region. The teenage girl was excited to see Tao, she said. "I still remember how frightened I was when I went to Wuhan. I was 9 years old, alone and far away from home, and was about to receive my first ever heart surgery."

But Yangdron was lucky. "The doctors at the hospital were very kind to me," she said. "They comforted me, took care of me. They gave me the courage to do the surgery without too many worries."

After undergoing the minimally invasive surgery, Yangdron recovered quickly and the operation was a total success.

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