During CAS time on April 12th, SHBS invited Yoyo’s father Mr. Peng, who is the chief physician and vice director of the Emergency Department of Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital, associate professor, and mentor of postgraduate students. He was also a member of the critical care crew of Shanghai’s third-batch doctors to support Hubei Province and battled the virus for 55 days on Wuhan frontline.
同济大学附属第十人民医院急诊医学科 主任医师 副教授 急诊科副主任 硕士生导师
Dr. Peng shared his anti-virus battle story calmly: It’s my responsibility as a doctor.
To begin with, Dr. Peng paid tribute to the doctors who sacrificed their lives in this battle, such as Li Wenliang, Liu Zhiming, etc. And then, he recalled the scenario where the hospital director guided new doctors to take the oath of office and taught them how to become a qualified doctor. At this moment, Dr. Peng's calm voice seemed to tell us that battling the virus on the frontline was just performing his duty as a doctor.
When they just arrived at Wuhan, there were many unknown difficulties, both physical discomfort and mental depression. At that time, doctors felt that "Even the air is poisonous", and patients suffered from severe hypoxia, a critical state.
Dr. Peng believed that the following three aspects were of great importance for them to successfully contain the virus in Wuhan.
First of all, there must be organization, discipline, and teamwork. Their medical crew consisted of elite doctors from various hospitals in Shanghai. Only when they acted as a team could they bring out their strongest power. They made a plan and clarified everyone’s responsibilities. The 13 elite "fighters" soon set to work. Although the heavy protective set required everyday brought lots of discomfort, they shouldered their responsibilities immediately without complaints.
Secondly, there must be scientific protection and courage. Having heard various sensational descriptions of the virus, they had worries and fears when they first started working in the ward---some doctors even could not handle such work intensity and working environment a day--- but gradually their doctor spirit occupied them, they were no longer afraid and resolutely chose to continue working.
Last but not the least, there must be love, mercy, and compassion. “Mercy” means to bring joy to the patients and “compassion” means to be able to sympathize with the patients and help them out of the pain of illness.
As shown in the picture, the doctor knelt down to do an operation for the patient. Due to the heavy equipment, he did not hesitate to choose the best posture---to kneel down--- for the operation. In the wards, there were some “disobedient” elderly people, but the nurses still took good care of each patient, even when the patient had violent anxiety reactions. As soon as Dr. Peng arrived in Wuhan, he renamed himself "Peng - the disease killer" to reassure the patient.
Finally, “when I returned to Shanghai, I felt that even the sky was sweet,” said Doctor Peng, “I only felt a little sorrow when thinking of my daughter Yoyo.”
When a student asked if doctors battling the virus on the frontline received any financial support, Dr. Peng said he was very grateful for what our government and the society did to support him, including many gifts, which he felt was too many.
Doctor is not only a job, but also a great cause. “Doctors are constantly conducting scientific exploration, yet the pursuit of scientific spirit is more important than science itself,” said Doctor Peng.
Doctor Peng was telling our students that they should keep exploring and keep the scientific spirit in spite of difficulties.
Translated by: Martina Xing G9(pre)
Proofread by: Irene Ma