Sur­geon stabbed in hospi­tal at­tack

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­

A top trans­plant spe­cial­ist has un­der­gone emer­gency surgery af­ter be­ing stabbed in his of­fice on Thurs­day at a hospi­tal in Nan­jing, cap­i­tal of Jiangsu prov­ince.

Sun Be­icheng, head of Jiangsu Prov­ince Hospi­tal’s liver trans­plant unit, was stabbed in his left leg and suf­fered a frac­tured jaw and mouth lac­er­a­tions in the at­tack, which hap­pened at about 8:30 am.

The hospi­tal said the doc­tor re­ceived im­me­di­ate med­i­cal treat­ment and is in sta­ble con­di­tion.

In­creased num­bers of se­cu­rity work­ers have been put on pa­trol to en­sure the safety of med­i­cal staff, while ser­vices have been pro­vided to hospi­tal work­ers to help ease stress, the hospi­tal said.

A doc­tor sur­named Chen said the sus­pect, a young man, en­tered Sun’s of­fice and locked the door. “Col­leagues had to break in to save Sun af­ter hear­ing strange noises, which sounded like some­one strug­gling. There was a lot of blood in the of­fice,” he said.

Sun, who re­turned to China from the United States in 2004, has con­ducted 250 liver trans­plant op­er­a­tions and 1,500 liver re­sec­tion surg­eries.

Ac­cord­ing to the hospi­tal, Sun of­ten gives pa­tients his cell­phone num­ber, telling them to call him if they ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lems con­cern­ing their trans­plant.

Po­lice in Nan­jing’s Gu­lou district have de­tained a sus­pect, but said he was not a pa­tient or a rel­a­tive of any pa­tient of Sun’s. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mo­tive of the at­tack is un­der­way.

Po­lice said it was an iso­lat- ed in­ci­dent, but oth­ers re­ferred to it as the lat­est in a string of at­tacks on med­i­cal work­ers.

In May, Chen Zhong­wei, a den­tist in Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong prov­ince, died in a hospi­tal af­ter be­ing stabbed 38 times by a for­mer pa­tient.

In June, the 10-year-old son of a med­i­cal worker at Yue­ji­aqiao Health Cen­ter was stabbed by a man in Yiyang, Hu­nan prov­ince. The worker had pre­vi­ously treated the at­tacker for em­phy­sema.

Col­leagues had to break in to save Sun af­ter hear­ing strange noises.” A doc­tor sur­named Chen, Sun’s col­league

In July, a man in Hebei prov­ince stabbed a doc­tor to death with a jack­knife, blam­ing him for his leg in­fec­tion. The doc­tor had treated him 13 years ear­lier af­ter he was in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent and lost the full use of his leg fol­low­ing treat­ment.

A sur­vey con­ducted last year by Bei­jing News, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the Na­tional Bu­reau of Statis­tics showed that only one­sixth of the 600,000 Chi­nese main­land cit­i­zens who ob­tained qualifications to prac­tice medicine from 2010 to 2014 gained em­ploy­ment as med­i­cal work­ers.

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