Photos of doc­tor aid­ing cen­te­nar­ian go vi­ral

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WU YAN wuyan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pho­to­graphs of a doc­tor hold­ing a 102-year-old fe­male pa­tient in his arms and com­fort­ing her as she is given an anes­thetic in­jec­tion have gone vi­ral.

The pa­tient, born in 1914, who frac­tured her right fe­mur when she fell down, was taken to the First Clin­i­cal Hos­pi­tal af­fil­i­ated to Harbin Med­i­cal Univer­sity in North­east China’s Hei­long jiang prov­ince on Dec 19.

Due to her age, medics could not ad­min­is­ter gen­eral anes­the­sia, while ly­ing on her side caused her pain, said Dong Ying­wei, the anes­thetist. On Dec 23, the hos­pi­tal de­cided to give her a lo­cal anes­thetic while she sat on the op­er­at­ing ta­ble.

“The pa­tient was feel­ing un­steady and was in pain,” Dong said. “So I sug­gested to doc­tor Zhao Liang to hold her firmly as a sup­port base, be­cause he is strong.”

The pa­tient felt scared in the op­er­at­ing room and kept ask­ing for her daily care worker to ac­com­pany her, Zhao said.

As non­med­i­cal staff mem­bers are not al­lowed in the op­er­at­ing room, Zhao said he calmed her down by say­ing: “Don’t be afraid, just re­lax, I am at your side. If you feel un­com­fort­able, let me know.”

It was the first time that Zhao has held a pa­tient dur­ing anes­the­sia. “I had to re­main to­tally still,” Zhao said, adding that af­ter hold­ing her for 20 min­utes his arms ached.

Ad­min­is­ter­ing anes­the­sia while a pa­tient is sit­ting re­quires pro­fes­sional skill, and there is lit­tle guid­ance on such pro­ce­dures in med­i­cal text­books. There­fore, some young anes­thetists “took photos to cap­ture the mo­ment, which later cir­cu­lated on WeChat”, Zhao said.

The photos soon went vi­ral, with some ne­ti­zens say­ing they were moved by the scene and prais­ing the doc­tor.

I am at your side. If you feel un­com­fort­able, let me know.”

Zhao Liang, doc­tor at the First Clin­i­cal Hos­pi­tal af­fil­i­ated to Harbin Med­i­cal Univer­sity

PRO­VIDED BY MOD­ERN EVENING NEWS

Zhao Liang, a doc­tor in Hei­longjiang prov­ince holds a 102-yearold woman as she is given an anes­thetic in­jec­tion on Dec 19.

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