|Jin Mei performs an operation. [People's Daily / Zhang Wujun]|
A female doctor from Beijing has dedicated herself to relieving patients from pain for over three decades.
Jin Mei, a chief physician of Beijing Anzhen Hospital, has been studying the treatment of congenital heart disease since graduating from Capital Medical University in 1984.
"In the past, patients suffering from congenital heart disease had to go through complicated treatment processes, but now they are freed from extensive trauma and can be cured by only one operation thanks to the development of technology," she said.
According to Jin, the operation is highly-demanding because medics must be "very" careful in every step including puncturing organs and inserting catheters.
"We can perform at most 18 such operations in a single day," she said.
Several years ago, an expectant mother who was nearly 37 weeks pregnant went to ask help from Jin.
"The findings of the antenatal care team have shown my baby is suffering from congenital heart disease. Must I have an abortion?" she asked.
After looking at the results of an echocardiogram, Jin said, "Although your baby is in a serious condition, we can still save him."
To find an optimal therapeutic schedule, Jin, along with her colleagues, worked overtime to look up a variety of medical materials.
With the help of them, the baby was saved.
"Nine years after the operation, I saw the child, and now he looks as strong as an athlete," Jin said in excitement.
"Seeing patients regaining their health is the one of the happiest things for doctors," she added.
Over the past several years, Jin has also led the members of her team to head to impoverished and remote areas such as northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region to provide free medical assistance to locals.
Each year, over 1,000 children suffering from congenital heart disease are cured by them.
"I hope to be a guardian of hearts, and bring advanced medical technologies to every corner of my country," Jin said.
With her achievements, Jin has been awarded with Soong Ching Ling Pediatric Medicine Prize, one of the highest honors in the field in China, and was employed by the municipal government of Beijing as an expert on the development of women and children.
(Source: People's Daily / Translated and edited by Women of China)
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