Inter’l Friendship in Yiwu Hospital
In December 2018, Mr. Ofori from Ghana was diagnosed with severe pneumonia, septic shock, renal failure, and heart failure by the Fourth Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine during his business trip to Yiwu. Mr. Ofori was so ill that only extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (also known as life support) was likely to keep him alive. The Ofori couple, however, decided to give up on treatment because they could not afford the high cost of life support.
The medical staff of the hospital did not want to give up hope easily. Under multi-disciplinary joint treatment, fortunately, the condition of Mr. Ofori gradually improved. The tracheal intubation was successfully removed 8 days after his admission to the hospital. During the treatment, the Ofori couple were touched by the attentive care of the medical staff.
Two weeks later, Mr. Ofori was out of critical care. The hospital took the initiative to apply for a visa extension for the couple. In order to help Mr. Ofori to receive timely and effective treatment after he returns to his hometown, Dr. Chen Chu stayed up at night writing eight pages of medical advice and records in English for him. Before leaving, Mr. Ofori wrote a thank-you note to the hospital and the medical staff. (By Gong Xiyan, translated by Jin Haiqiong, edited by Kendra Fiddler)