China News Agency, Changchun, June 27 Telegram: Italian doctors retrograde in China, medical records: patients here need me
Author Guo Jia
Two hours later, Italian doctor Lavaro Francisco walked out of the operating room of the Jilin Cardiology Hospital and made two cups of coffee, one for the reporter and one for himself. "I can't tell why I stayed." The answer is no different than two hours ago.
On February 2 this year, when China was facing a severe new coronary pneumonia epidemic prevention and control situation, Lavalo came to China with 19,000 masks.
Five years ago, Lavalo became an international volunteer with Changchun. When volunteering at Jilin Cardiology Hospital, a project in this hospital attracted him-Jixin Engineering (free treatment of heart disease for poor patients). He decided to extend the service time.
"Originally, I only planned to stay in China for one year," Lavarro said with a shrug. "But not only did I not go back the next year, I also called a group of foreign doctors to come here."
Jixin Project has so far helped more than 16,000 impoverished heart patients with free surgery. Lavalo formed a team of foreign experts at the Jilin Cardiology Hospital, and this team treated more than 14,000 of them.
In Milan, Italy, Lavalo has 500 private patients, and these "resources" accumulated over ten years of medical practice are enough to help him achieve financial freedom. He likes to exercise. He will listen to a concert on time every Wednesday night. His life is relaxed, rich and enjoyable.
"My wife occasionally complains, but she still supports me." Outside of work, Lavalo spends most of his time chatting with family and friends.
If you have to find a reason to stay, Lavalo believes that it should have been taught by his father-duty is the most important. "As the director of cardiology at the (Jilin Heart Disease) Hospital, if I don't stay, how can other foreign doctors stay?" said Lavalo. "More importantly, patients also need me."
In the past five years, Lavalo has been to many cities in China. In his eyes, China "seems to be changing every day." What impressed him most is that "the Chinese government believes that everyone is valuable, and no one can be abandoned."
Lavalo said that whether it is the auspicious project for the treatment of the poor or the extensive treatment of the patients in the epidemic, they all reflect China's undifferentiated humanitarian care, which he did not know before he came to China.
According to Liu Qifang, the founder of the Jixin project, after years of getting along, she was surprised that Lavalo always shared the technology with young Chinese doctors without reservation, which is very admirable.
Lavalo told reporters that he does not know when he will leave China, but it seems that he will eventually leave, so he has to work hard to leave an excellent team for the hospital to continue to treat poor patients after he returns to China. (Finish)