Recently, a "breathing rescue" of a non-crying infant occurred in Quanzhou Children's Hospital in China's Fujian province. The baby was saved by doctors of the Shenzhen Children's Hospital who had hurried across a thousand-mile journey to Quanzhou.
Last month, a Quanzhou resident Li Liangliang's baby boy was born without crying out and was immediately transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. However, the hospital, with limited medical conditions, was not able to provide appropriate care for the baby, who needed to be transferred to Shenzhen or Shanghai for further treatment.
"On the evening of April 3, we left a message in the comment section of the Shenzhen Municipal Health Commission's WeChat account. Surprisingly we received a reply on the same day. I was so excited, for I saw a ray of hope!" Li said.
Li's child has to rely on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) to maintain breathing, and the long-distance transfer across the province was dangerous for him, according to the president of the Shenzhen Children's Hospital, "We decided to keep the risk to ourselves and send Pan Hongguang, the deputy director of our ear-nose-throat department, to Quanzhou for the infant." This was the first cross-provincial emergency surgery carried out by the hospital.
Pan and his colleague packed surgical instruments and rushed to Quanzhou, then did the surgery successfully! According to Pan, the child can basically breathe and will be able to speak like an ordinary person after recovery.
"The baby now has recovered faster than we expected," Pan said. He contacted the baby's parents every day to learn about the latest rehabilitation situation.
The two cities, Shenzhen and Quanzhou under the effective prevention of the virus spread, spared no efforts to facilitate this special cross-provincial operation and successfully saved a little life.
" I truly appreciate everything that Dr. Pan has done for us," Li said gratefully.
Author: Ariel, Serena (intern)
Editor: Wing, Nan, Monica, Abby, Jerry