A real sense of achieve­ment

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

Pan Juan­juan, 34, one of the few fe­male foren­sics of­fi­cers in China, works in Ningbo, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

When I se­lected my ma­jor dur­ing the na­tional col­lege en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions, I dreamed of be­com­ing a foren­sics of­fi­cer be­cause I thought it was cool and­mys­te­ri­ous.

When I en­tered Shanxi Med­i­cal Uni­ver­sity, I was sur­prised that there were so fewfe­male stu­dents on the ma­jor, but I was still proud ofmy­self.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, I came to a foren­sic cen­ter in Ningbo, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, and for the past 10 years I have mainly con­cen­trated on iden­ti­fy­ing se­ri­ous in­juries in traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

Al­though some peo­ple may feel dis­gusted that I spend ev­ery day look­ing at un­sightly in­juries, I feel a sense of achieve­ment and hap­pi­ness.

Once, a man told me he had in­ter­nal bleed­ing af­ter a traf­fic ac­ci­dent, so I asked him how many of his ribs were bro­ken— he said it was two.

Un­der the com­pen­sa­tion rules, his in­juries were not se­ri­ous enough for the claim he was mak­ing, but the large num­ber of chest x-rays he car­ried at­tract­edmy at­ten­tion and made me feel un­com­fort­able.

Af­ter a care­ful re­view, I dis­cov­ered that he had 13 bro­ken ribs. Even­tu­ally, he re­mem­bered that doc­tors told him he had bro­ken ribs on two sides of his body, not two ribs.

That dis­cov­ery made a big dif­fer­ence to his com­pen­sa­tion claim, and the in­juries meant he was el­i­gi­ble for three times the orig­i­nal amount.

He was happy to get more money, and I got a sense of achieve­ment be­cause of the care I had taken. I am al­ways ex­cited when I help peo­ple re­ceive their full com­pen­sa­tion.

If I were given a se­cond choice of ca­reer, I would still opt to be a foren­sics of­fi­cer.

As a woman, the only down­side is that this line of work has a fewin­con­ve­niences— for ex­am­ple; I need male of­fi­cers to help me carry heavy bod­ies.

My mother-in-lawn­ever opensmy car trunk be­cause I keepmy au­topsy tool case there and it fright­ens her, even though she un­der­stands a lot aboutmy work. Pan Juan­juan spoke with Cao Yin

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