Have you ever dreamt of becoming a doctor when you were young? Children would often say that they would like to become a doctor when they grow up – they idolize doctors because they save lives and cure sick people. Being a doctor is a noble (although sometimes risky and challenging) profession.
But what they don’t know is that being a doctor isn’t easy. They sacrifice a lot to become competent and outstanding doctors – aside from lots of medical information that one needs to study before they become a doctor, they also have to overcome years of studying in medical school and rendering long hours of hospital clerkships and internships.
Not only that, once they become full-pledged doctors, they can be extremely busy due to their calling, staying in the hospital for almost 24-36 hours of duty – sometimes making it hard for them to meet their own family in times of special occasions or sadly, when a very urgent emergency / matter comes up.
Just like the story of this doctor from China, who had forgone his last chance to see his dying father just so he could save the life of another patient.
Zhang Xinzhi is a 55-year-old physician from Anhui, China who recently gained praise and attention from many netizens not only in China but all over the world. Doctor Zhang is supposed to visit his dying father and apparently, it was his last chance to see his father. However, another patient was dying, and Doctor Zhang was the only one who could save him. It was a difficult choice for him, but he had to make one.
Before performing the surgery on the other patient, Doctor Zhang visited his father and he informed him that he would be operating on a patient soon. His elderly father understood and gave him a smile and nod before Doctor Zhang left.
But as he was performing the surgery, he received the news that his father had passed away. Even as he was grief-stricken and emotional, Doctor Zhang managed to successfully finish the surgery and save the patient’s life. Sadly, he wasn’t able to see his loving father for the last time.
According to him, “On that day, I was really grief-stricken and sad that I couldn’t be at my father’s side. I felt so guilty that I couldn’t see him for the last time but I am a doctor and saving my patient’s life is important too.”
He also added, “Although I regret not seeing him for the last time, I know he’ll understand and support my decision because he knows that I am not only his son, but I have huge responsibilities as a doctor, too.”
Zhang received lots of praises from people who learned about his story, but he wishes to remain humble. He said he believes that any doctor would have done the same thing. Kudos to you, sir!
Doctors and other members of the health team all deserve to be recognized and hailed as silent heroes for all their help and sacrifices to save people’s lives.