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Go the Extra Mile to Safeguard Lives

Written by  Joyce Ng Kim Lean & Yi Qin / KL & Selangor

Dr Lee Yi from Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, Taiwan, shared with the participants on the topic, “The Cornerstone of Safeguarding and Protecting Lives”. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

During the afternoon session of the TIMA Conference, Dr Lee Yi, Medical Secretary & Director General of Quality Control Department, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital, shared with the participants on the topic, “The Cornerstone of Safeguarding and Protecting Lives”. He mentioned that no one was willing to set up a hospital at the remote Hualien because it would surely incur a big loss. However, out of compassion for the sick and needy, Master Cheng Yen insisted on constructing a hospital there.


With support from the local and government resources, Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital was finally inaugurated in 1986. Over the years, the Hospital has spent a lot on medical equipment in order to provide the best possible care to the patients.

Aided by pictures and footages, Dr Lee shared how the Hospital took on the most complex medical cases, including cases of patients suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, elephantiasis and leukaemia.

Among the patients was Chen Tuan Zhi from Xiamen, China, who was born with genu recurvatum disease. Her legs were bending forward in an L-shaped, as if she was kneeling. Thanks to the love, care and efforts of the Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital’s medical team, her leg deformity was corrected after seven surgeries. Now, she can finally stand and has secured a job. Many participants were impressed by the degree of correction and gave a warm round of applause.

Dr Lee also shared that the mother of the first pair of conjoined twins successfully separated at the Hospital is now a Tzu Chi Commissioner in the Philippines. It proved that a good and humane doctor could not only change the life of a patient, but also a family.

Saving lives in remote areas

Volunteer Joseph Lee from Sabah shared with the participants the stories of the Rumah Penyayang Tzu Chi in Pitas. Due to its remoteness and lack of access to transport and medical facilities, Pitas was deemed to have the highest mortality rate at birth in the whole of Malaysia. Upon seeing the plight of the expectant mothers, Dr Tee Eng Hui contacted Tzu Chi for help, and that led to the establishment of the Rumah Penyayang Tzu Chi Pitas, a halfway home for expectant mothers.

However, none had come to stay at the halfway home when it was first opened, as the women living in the deep mountains were unaware of its existence and had used home birth. Thus, volunteers went to the remote villages to invite the expectant mothers to stay at the halfway home. By word of mouth, more and more expectant mothers came to the halfway home. The mortality rate at birth has since dropped to zero, and on July 31, 2015, Rumah Penyayang Tzu Chi Pitas welcomed its 1,000th baby.

Joseph called upon the participants to emulate the spirit of Dr Tee Eng Hui, who had taken the extra step for the welfare of the patients. It is also because of his kindness that the indigenous women were relieved of their suffering.

Charity versus medicine

With his unassuming presence, Dr Chua Yeok Pin shared his interesting story about his great success in treating Ang Chee Mun’s deformed leg. For more than eight years, Tzu Chi volunteers had been following Chee Mun’s walking disabilities. He faced bouts of severe bodily pain and felt depressed due to social isolation. With his continuous generosity, Dr Chua set out to oversee the outreach effort and was concerned as to how he could make Chee Mun stand up and walk with pride.

After the surgery, Chee Mun has great motivation to do recycling and he thanked Dr Chua and every doctor, who had participated in the successful surgery on him.

Safeguarding medical mission in the spirit of Great Love

Tzu Chi Penang’s medical team – Norhaida Md Saman, Teoh Bee Ling and Wong Pei Hoay, shared about the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Dialysis Centre, which was established in Penang in 1997. Their speeches had engaging well-researched contents and were delivered with charisma and grace, which kept everyone’s attention till the end. They also led the audience in doing some light and enjoyable exercises.

Norhaida commented that with empathy and great compassion, the medical team has not only healed illnesses, but also minds and souls of the sick. That is the true spirit of humanistic medicine with reverence for life. There is neither contemptuous look nor vicious slander here at Tzu Chi Penang’s Dialysis Centre, but the Great Love of Tzu Chi volunteers had calmed the worried minds.

Multimedia in Medicine

There was great arousing merriment in the Dharma Hall when Dr Chien Sou-Hsin, Superintendent of Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, made an inspiring speech on the important perspectives of multimedia in medicine. The audience members were attentive and laughed along with the jokes. His intriguing points on multimedia in medicine have become an increasingly important tool in the training and development of high-technology medical techniques. He further stated that modern doctors rely on images, videos, sound files and other multimedia medical technologies to monitor illnesses, which can be viewed on a variety of medical equipment. Advances in multimedia are changing medicine by giving doctors more information, as well as, better and more specific data, which had become a part of our daily lives.

Multimedia is now used in a new era of medicine. These multimedia advancements improve the ability of medical professionals in diagnosing and treating health issues of all kinds.

In summing up his speech, which was infused with humour, Dr Chien related his personal experiences which depicted all that he had shared.

 

The participants were engrossed in the sharing. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]   Volunteer Joseph Lee shared with the audience the story of Rumah Penyayang Tzu Chi Pitas, a halfway home for expectant mothers living in the remote areas. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

The participants were engrossed in the sharing. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]
 
Volunteer Joseph Lee shared with the audience the story of Rumah Penyayang Tzu Chi Pitas, a halfway home for expectant mothers living in the remote areas. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]
 
A touching moment when Dr Chua Yeok Pin, orthopaedic surgeon from Sunway Medical Centre offered his patient Ang Chee Mun a warm embrace. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]   Tzu Chi Penang medical team shared on the story of the Tzu-Chi Dialysis Centre in Penang. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

A touching moment when Dr Chua Yeok Pin, orthopaedic surgeon from Sunway Medical Centre offered his patient Ang Chee Mun a warm embrace. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]
 
 
Tzu Chi Penang medical team shared on the story of the Tzu-Chi Dialysis Centre in Penang. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]
 
Dr Chien Sou-Hsin, Superintendent of Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, made an inspiring speech on the important perspectives of multimedia in medicine. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]  

Dr Chien Sou-Hsin, Superintendent of Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, made an inspiring speech on the important perspectives of multimedia in medicine. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]