【志為人醫守護愛】20180715 – 用生命迎接生命

September 12, 2019 posted by


The path of becoming a doctor is long and arduous. With the aim to heal patients with love and care, doctors live out their passion and mission since they first joined the medical profession. Having accomplished what was once impossible, doctors will continue to stride forward by overcoming all kinds of challenges. Obstetricians must be on call all the time. When you are out and someone calls, When you are out and someone calls, you need to be back at once. Lee Yu-hsiang, one of Taiwan’s best obstetricians, Lee Yu-hsiang, one of Taiwan’s best obstetricians, has delivered nearly 20,000 children, with as many as 19 babies a day. The more babies I had, the more I trusted him. However, when he was 39, he was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. Why did he get ill when he still wanted to serve? Why did he get ill when he still wanted to serve? I can only hear 45% on this side and 5% on this side. I’ve become disabled! Dr. Lee possesses extraordinary will and memory. Dr. Lee possesses extraordinary will and memory. He remembers every mother’s labor process and He remembers every mother’s labor process and each baby’s growth and development. He has a secret weapon in caring for his patients. He has a secret weapon in caring for his patients. I have nearly 50 patients and I have nearly 50 patients and I record each mother’s due date here. I record each mother’s due date here. It was 10 p.m. He waited with me at the hospital until 4 a.m. He waited with me at the hospital until 4 a.m. Yet, behind his dedication, it was Lee’s own health that was sacrificed. In 2018, nearing 70, In 2018, nearing 70, he faced conditions as a result of his cancer. Please open your mouth. It’s cleaner now. It’s cleaner this time with less dirt. It’s cleaner this time with less dirt. The day he was going to receive surgery, The day he was going to receive surgery, he wore a patient wristband and insisted in visiting his patients. insisted in visiting his patients. Push hard! With a shortage of obstetricians in Taiwan, the experienced and aging Dr. Lee faces two challenges: loss of strength and passing on his expertise. How will he continue his medical mission? With perseverance, one can create miracles. With faith, there is courage. Don’t be afraid. You can do it. I’ve got you. Hang in there. There’s traffic control, so we’ll try to get through by one o’clock. so we’ll try to get through by one o’clock. (Giving One’s Life to Welcome New Lives) You’re 41. Pregnant with a third child. Do you accept it? (Yes.) Do you accept it? (Yes.) Lee Yu-hsiang is acclaimed as “one of Taiwan’s best obstetricians.” acclaimed as “one of Taiwan’s best obstetricians.” He has delivered as many as 19 babies in a day. He’s 69 now, still sees patients three days a week and delivers 10 babies each month. Please have a seat. A mother coming for a check-up is expecting her second child. When she first got pregnant, she checked online before choosing the experienced Dr. Lee. He’s like my grandfather. He treats me like I’m his granddaughter. He’s very endearing and I’m relaxed when I see him. In his clinic, many are patients of over 20 years In his clinic, many are patients of over 20 years who have become his friends. You can make an appointment online. (OK.) You can make an appointment online. (OK.) My classmate recommended him to me. He has very good reputation. He has very good reputation. I heard he’s a very skilled doctor. So it’s been more than 20 years Let’s take a look. We see that… The placenta is mature. So be careful with it. By Dr. Lee’s side is his wife of 13 years, By Dr. Lee’s side is his wife of 13 years, nurse Chen Jin-zhi. When Lee got nasopharyngeal cancer at 39, When Lee got nasopharyngeal cancer at 39, radiotherapy left him with mouth paralysis and the inability to make saliva. mouth paralysis and the inability to make saliva. He lost more than half of his hearing and has found speaking even harder for the past 10 years. found speaking even harder for the past 10 years. So, his wife became his interpreter. So, his wife became his interpreter. Why did he get ill when he still wanted to serve? Why did he get ill when he still wanted to serve? Our child was only four then. But he stuck it out. He even delivered over 100 babies in a month. Lee’s medical path was planned by his grandmother Lee’s medical path was planned by his grandmother when he was born on Nov. 17 of the lunar calendar, when he was born on Nov. 17 of the lunar calendar, also Amitabha Buddha’s birthday. He was the first in his family to become a doctor. He was the first in his family to become a doctor. In that era when birth rate was high, he wanted to be an orthopedist but chose he wanted to be an orthopedist but chose obstetrics in the end to meet family expectations. After military service, Lee joined in 1977 the new After military service, Lee joined in 1977 the new After military service, Lee joined in 1997 the new Taipei Municipal Women and Children Hospital Taipei Municipal Women and Children Hospital and delivered his first baby there. On May 12, 1977, I joined the women and children’s hospital and on May 19, I delivered the first baby. I remember that it was a boy. I remember that it was a boy. He was quite heavy, weighing over four kilos. He was quite heavy, weighing over four kilos. At that time, there were only two resident doctors At that time, there were only two resident doctors at the hospital. In his first year there, Lee delivered 550 babies. In his first year there, Lee delivered 550 babies. With the efforts of his team, the hospital delivered nearly 1,000 babies monthly the hospital delivered nearly 1,000 babies monthly in 1981, becoming a popular hospital for many expectant mothers and obstetricians. many expectant mothers and obstetricians. There was a time when I didn’t sleep for a whole day. My highest record is 19 babies a day. I’d just sit and wait by my patient, I’d just sit and wait by my patient, taking a small nap at times. taking a small nap at times. And when my patient pulled my hand out of pain, I’d get up to check if she was ready for labor. In 1989, at the peak of his medical career, In 1989, at the peak of his medical career, Lee was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer. But in the same year, another door was opened to him. He encountered Tzu Chi, which helped him realize deeper his mission as a doctor. As a result, in 2005, Lee left the hospital he served for 28 years and Lee left the hospital he served for 28 years and at 55, he took on leadership of at 55, he took on leadership of the obstetrics team at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital. People would ask me why I still worked so hard since I got seriously ill. I’d reply with Master Cheng Yen’s words: “We need to give” “width and depth to our lives.” I can still work and I should thank I can still work and I should thank the hospital for giving me a chance to serve. Let us welcome Director Lee. Director Lee Yu-hsiang Director Lee Yu-hsiang has delivered a total of 16,468 babies. has delivered a total of 16,468 babies. has delivered a total of 16,468 babies. Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital once delivered Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital once delivered the highest number of babies in New Taipei City, welcoming 23,000 babies in the past 13 years. welcoming 23,000 babies in the past 13 years. welcoming 23,000 babies in the past 13 years. Dr. Lee himself has also delivered 19,120 babies Dr. Lee himself has also delivered 19,120 babies in his career of nearly 40 years. I’m grateful to the mothers and fathers who have chosen our hospital. The hospital has given our department much support and we’ll continue to work hard in the future. Thank you. Be good. Daddy and mommy love you both. A mother expecting twins is scheduled for A mother expecting twins is scheduled for a C-section this week. Lee and a nurse come to check on her. This way, Director. Hi, the director is here. She’s right here and we’ll make a cut here. This way, scars are minimized. This way, scars are minimized. They used to cut this way. Vertically. Yes. But I prefer to cut this way. The elder sister and the younger one. Aged 36, this mother is finally ready for her twins and will have a C-section tomorrow. A friend of hers strongly recommended Dr. Lee. A friend of hers strongly recommended Dr. Lee. From initial doubts to mutual trust, From initial doubts to mutual trust, she is entrusting herself to Lee. At my first checkup, I couldn’t understand what he was saying. I talked with my husband and I talked with my husband and we had some doubts. But he is a recommended doctor and But he is a recommended doctor and has much experience, so I decided to visit him again. And the second time, I understood him. Was I handsome before? Still handsome now. I’m old already. Your senior’s ID? My disability ID! I get free bus rides. When I was in bed rest at the hospital, When I was in bed rest at the hospital, Dr. Lee was away. As soon as he returned, he let me out. He has solid experience. I lied in bed for eight days. He looked at the figures and concluded I was fine. He looked at the figures and concluded I was fine. I went home and all was good. He has much experience and He has much experience and each time I come, he’s always very nice. each time I come, he’s always very nice. I think my choice from the beginning was right. Lee was chosen for his expertise and experience. Lee was chosen for his expertise and experience. As for Lee, who sets high standards for himself, As for Lee, who sets high standards for himself, is fully dedicated even if he doesn’t feel well, is fully dedicated even if he doesn’t feel well, for he carries each patient’s trust in him. for he carries each patient’s trust in him. He still worked the day he was to be operated. He still worked the day he was to be operated. He wore a hospital wristband, got a shot, He wore a hospital wristband, got a shot, walked with an IV drip and still came to visit his patients. still came to visit his patients. He insisted in seeing them. It’s sad and hard to see him like this but It’s sad and hard to see him like this but everyone sees how dedicated he is to his patients. everyone sees how dedicated he is to his patients. everyone sees how dedicated he is to his patients. Lee’s dedication has never changed for 40 years. Lee’s dedication has never changed for 40 years. His patients feel that he treats them as family. His patients feel that he treats them as family. When I was getting ready to give birth, When I was getting ready to give birth, it was 10 p.m. With natural birth, we had to wait and With natural birth, we had to wait and didn’t induce delivery. So he stayed with me at the hospital until 4 a.m. So he stayed with me at the hospital until 4 a.m. and delivered my babies. Being a patient himself and no matter how busy, Being a patient himself and no matter how busy, he prepares thoroughly before seeing each patient. he prepares thoroughly before seeing each patient. I read through all the info the day before. I type it out and read it again during the visit. I type it out and read it again during the visit. Afterwards, I read it once more in my computer. Afterwards, I read it once more in my computer. So with one visit, I get to know my patient three times. Among his many patients are Among his many patients are mothers, daughters and sisters to one another. mothers, daughters and sisters to one another. Ms. Wang has been Lee’s patient for 30 years. Ms. Wang has been Lee’s patient for 30 years. Lee delivered both of her daughters. The eldest daughter married and lives in Japan. While pregnant, her baby’s heartbeat was not heard While pregnant, her baby’s heartbeat was not heard so she decided to return to Taiwan to see Lee. so she decided to return to Taiwan to see Lee. Is that the leg? Yes. It’s so cute! When I saw him, he hugged me When I saw him, he hugged me because I was delivered by him. I was very nervous, fearing my baby had no heartbeat. fearing my baby had no heartbeat. He held my hands and I felt safe. He held my hands and I felt safe. My husband was on a business trip and My husband was on a business trip and could not be by my side. I was really helpless. When I saw Dr. Lee, he was waiting for me at the hospital entrance and was with me through the whole process. and was with me through the whole process. I was deeply touched. Over all these years, Lee delivered four or five babies for some moms. Lee delivered four or five babies for some moms. He remembers each child’s record clearly. He remembers each child’s record clearly. He was 3,600 g. (No, 4,000 g!) He was 3,600 g. (No, 4,000 g!) He was 3,600 g and this one 3,800 g. He was 3,600 g and this one 3,800 g. He was 3,600 g and this one 3,800 g. Born in 2006, 2008, Born in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2015 2010 and 2015 When I was in labor, he came at once. When I was in labor, he came at once. That gave me peace of mind. So with my second, third and now fourth child, So with my second, third and now fourth child, I returned to see him. A secret to his success is a daily planner that he always carries. In it, he records information on each patient. In it, he records information on each patient. I note down each patient’s info and due date. I note down each patient’s info and due date. I note down each patient’s info and due date. I have everything here, including my patients’ phone numbers. I think only I can understand all these notes. I think only I can understand all these notes. This way, I know how many deliveries are due this week. I know how many deliveries are due this week. I know how many deliveries are due this week. I won’t leave the city and will be on standby. I won’t leave the city and will be on standby. With one each year, he has over 30 daily planners. With one each year, he has over 30 daily planners. Few doctors today write their patients’ information by hand. write their patients’ information by hand. These notebooks convey his dedication, care for his patients and experience to be passed on. This is the number of babies I’ve delivered since I came to Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital. since I came to Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital. This is the number of babies till March 2018 that I’ve delivered since becoming a doctor. And this is the total number of babies delivered at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital till March 2018. I have them all recorded. With my ill health now, I can’t overwork too much. With my ill health now, I can’t overwork too much. So I limit my work to ten patients, but the number depends of course. Last month I had three more cases. (11:00 a.m., April 11, 2018) This morning, Lee is at the delivery room This morning, Lee is at the delivery room ready to deliver the twin sisters. Here comes the baby. The other baby is coming. She’s so tiny. I’m very happy. Two lives have been born. As Lee ages, his body is weaker. As Lee ages, his body is weaker. But as soon as he walks into the delivery room, no one can see his exhaustion. Here, he’s not only a doctor, but also a teacher. Here, he’s not only a doctor, but also a teacher. With his focus and dedication, one would forget he is ill. Thank you, director. (Thank you.) I will see you tomorrow morning. OK. Lee just finished seeing patients and is worn out. Lee just finished seeing patients and is worn out. An unexpected guest shows up. Dr. Lee, have you eaten yet? Why did you come? I have two breaks in between my classes. I have two breaks in between my classes. So I came. I’m glad there are no deliveries today. I can be more relaxed. Or I’ll have a lot of pressure. Why? I’m really tired and miserable. Let me cheer you up. No one understands. I do. It’s really painful. Of Ms. Chen’s five children, four were delivered by Lee. With her eldest child in college, she still comes to visit Lee and writes him cards. she still comes to visit Lee and writes him cards. Lee changed the course of her life. Lee changed the course of her life. At 45, Chen decided to study to become a midwife. Elephants. You know why I chose them? Elephants. You know why I chose them? “I picked this card because” “elephants are kind and reliable,” “just like the way you are with patients.” “Of course you have a strong personalit y.” “This, I know well.” Thank you. Thank you, Dr. Lee. I have a wish I want to achieve: I really wish to work in this field and I really wish to work in this field and pass on Dr. Lee’s spirit. Why do you want to become a midwife? Because of Dr. Lee! Because of Dr. Lee! I’m not lying. I’m not lying. How did he inspire you? He treats patients as his family. Since my internship in college to working and being pregnant myself for five times, working and being pregnant myself for five times, Dr. Lee is the only doctor I’ve seen who’d give a hand to help his patients and who’d give a hand to help his patients and the pregnant mothers up. He is the only doctor who helps patients up. It’s difficult for her to see how Lee It’s difficult for her to see how Lee remains fully dedicated to his work while his body weakens. Please lie down here and take off your shoes. Director, I’ll cover you with a piece of cloth. Director, I’ll cover you with a piece of cloth. Please open your mouth. With cancer for 29 years, he bore with many after effects of chemotherapy. he bore with many after effects of chemotherapy. In 2018, he was operated to remove a nasal polyp. In 2018, he was operated to remove a nasal polyp. The mucous membranes in his nose left him in pain and made it harder for him to speak. It’s cleaner now. It’s cleaner this time with less dirt. It’s cleaner this time with less dirt. Lee also receives hyperbaric oxygen therapy twice a week to hyperbaric oxygen therapy twice a week to suppress bacteria growth in his nose. Here, he is not doctor, but a patient. Here, he is not doctor, but a patient. OK. The pressure is increasing, put on your masks and we’ll start the session. put on your masks and we’ll start the session. The two hours per session causes him great suffering. He may not even walk steadily himself He may not even walk steadily himself but he still insists in checking on his patients, but he still insists in checking on his patients, seeing patients and even delivering babies seeing patients and even delivering babies or performing C-sections. Every day at 12:30 noontime, Every day at 12:30 noontime, there is a difficult task he must do. there is a difficult task he must do. It’s easy for other people to eat but I have to wear a bib as food will drop. After his nasal polyp surgery, Lee found it even harder to swallow. With a paralyzed jaw, he can’t chew but only consume liquids. Eating three bowls of porridge takes him more than one hour. While eating, food would sometimes get into his nose and he’d eat and cough at the same time. So, he has to eat very slowly. So, he has to eat very slowly. He cannot feel his jaws and He cannot feel his jaws and can only consume liquids now. can only consume liquids now. He goes home to eat. I think at home, he can relax more. I think at home, he can relax more. Though eating is painful for him, he still eats patiently to have energy to deliver babies. Those in suffering have no right to be sad. What can we do? Just endure. What can we do? Just endure. This mother is one day past her due date but has no signs of labor yet. Following the advice of Dr. Lee, she came to the hospital at 6:30 a.m. From experience, Lee estimated about twelve hours from induction to active labor. But the long hours of waiting is a huge challenge. But the long hours of waiting is a huge challenge. But the long hours of waiting is a huge challenge. But the long hours of waiting is a huge challenge. I’m scared of death and scared that something may happen to my patients. If my patient is hospitalized, I dare not leave the hospital. As each hour passes by, Lee awaits amidst challenges to his strength. Lee awaits amidst challenges to his strength. Most of his college classmates have retired and are travelling around the world. But Lee stays steadfast in his service as he fights his illness. Perhaps Lee’s spirit also comes from Perhaps Lee’s spirit also comes from learning Kendo for 38 years. There must be some reason behind enduring what others cannot. I can only seize every second to serve. Before each second is gone and lost. Before each second is gone and lost. It’s a matter of endurance. Come back later. As expected, at 6 p.m., As expected, at 6 p.m., the mother is ready to give birth. Lee also endured 12 hours with will power. Lee also endured 12 hours with will power. His focus and concentration in the delivery room made him forget his pains. Push hard! Yes. Breathe and try again. Breathe and try again. Push hard! Good! Spread your legs. Spread your legs. Stay still. Exhale.…ha… Exhale… Ha…just exhale. The baby’s out. He really worked very hard. He kept coming to check on her and He kept coming to check on her and see if we were in the next stage. I’m really thankful to Dr. Lee. The baby’s 3,795 g. The baby’s 3,795 g. Thank you, director. He worked very hard. I worked hard too. We worked together. Thank you. He looks like me. Hi! From 7 a.m. until now. It’s just like I told her to wait 12 hours. It’s just like I told her to wait 12 hours. He’s chubby. Mrs. Lee is here. Anything you want to say to him? All’s good if he’s happy. Though he’s tired, he’s really happy. Though he’s tired, he’s really happy. The mother is also very cooperative. The mother is also very cooperative. It really took 12 hours. In this era of decreasing birth rate and fewer obstetricians, Dr. Lee has dedicated his life to Dr. Lee has dedicated his life to his work of welcoming babies. He overcame physical suffering to welcome new lives into this world. welcome new lives into this world. His service is rare and precious. When the baby comes out and you see tears in the mother’s eyes, it’s very heart-warming. What we hold in our arms is a real baby with life and warmth. The joy is indescribable. The joy is indescribable.

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