Re­tiree, 60, of­fers help to peo­ple for decades

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY - ByWANG QINGYUN in Nan­chang wangqingyun@chi­

Zou De­feng has been work­ing as a vol­un­teer in Nan­chang Rail­way Sta­tion for 26 years.

The 60-year-old has been work­ing as a nurse in Nan­chang, the cap­i­tal of Jiangxi prov­ince, for more than four decades. In 1992, she ini­ti­ated a vol­un­tary med­i­cal team, con­sist­ing of staff mem­bers from the hos­pi­tal where she worked, and started pro­vid­ing med­i­cal ser­vice free of charge for trav­el­ers in the rail­way sta­tion dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush.

Like many other rail­way sta­tions in China, Nan­chang Rail­way Sta­tion of­ten wit­nesses a large flow of pas­sen­gers dur­ing the travel rush, prob­a­bly the time when vol­un­tary ser­vices are most needed to help main­tain smooth and ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion of the sta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Zou, her vol­un­tary ser­vice at this time of the year usu­ally starts on the third day of the Chi­nese New Year and lasts till the 15th day, which marks the end of NewYear cel­e­bra­tions.

The fo­cus is on trav­el­ers that need ex­tra at­ten­tion, such as the aged, the dis­abled and the preg­nant, while Zou and her col­leagues also need to take care of emer­gen­cies.

Dur­ing the last Spring Fes­ti­val, Zou re­called, she was in­formed that some­one was hav­ing a nose­bleed in one of the sta­tion’s wait­ing rooms. She rushed to the scene and found a man in his 50s sit­ting on the floor and lean­ing against the chair, blood stain­ing his clothes.

“He was bleed­ing heav­ily. I com­pressed his nose and ap­plied hemo­stat­ics to help stop the bleed­ing,” Zou said. She took his blood pres­sure, found he was suf­fer­ing hy­per­ten­sion, and gave him some medicine to lower the pres­sure.

For­tu­nately, the pas­sen­ger grad­u­ally re­cov­ered con­scious­ness, took a rest and had some lunch be­fore board­ing his train.

The nurse, who was awarded the Florence Nightin­gale Medal in 2013, said she some­times feels sorry that the busy work dur­ing every Chi­nese New Year means less time spent with her fam­ily, but she en­joys be­ing a vol­un­teer.

“I feel a sense of achieve­ment when I am needed by oth­ers. I feel happy when I help oth­ers,” she said.

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