video went viral showing him performing surgery while being injected with a painkiller — though not everyone thinks that this is the sort of thing that should be applauded.doctor named Liang Fuqun has been praised for his impressive determination and diligence by millions of Chinese netizens after
On the morning of June 24th, Dr. Liang, a surgeon at a hospital in Anhui’s Si county, felt some stomach pain after waking up. Although he brushed off the pain at first, he did ask his supervisor, Dr. Shi, to accompany him through his surgeries to ensure that nothing would go wrong, according to the Beijing Youth Daily.
During his third surgery of the day, Liang experienced a sharp, stabbing pain around his abdominal area. However, instead of taking a break or opting out of the surgery, he had a painkiller injection administered while continuing to operate on the patient.
At one point, Liang even squatted down in obvious pain in the operating room. Yet he still soldiered on after another injection, performing a total of nine surgeries that day.
Following the last surgery, Shi noticed that her colleague’s scrubs were drenched in sweat. Certain that this wasn’t a case of ordinary stomach pain, she sent Liang to go get an ultrasound, which discovered that he had an acute case of appendicitis and was in need of immediate surgery.
“By the time we opened him up, there was already pus oozing out. His appendix was about 10 cm long, almost as thick as my thumb,” Shi was quoted as saying in a South China Morning Post video report.
Fortunately, Liang is reported to be recovering well from his surgery. The following day, he had this to say about his dedication to his job, again via SCMP:
“There was a power outage in our department, so there were a lot of surgeries lined up yesterday. We doctors can’t afford to get sick. If we get sick, then the patients have to wait. I often worry about the patients. I justed wanted to complete their surgeries and help them recover sooner.”
While Liang has been labeled a hero by many, some have argued that this sort of brave but reckless behavior should not be condoned in the operating theater.
“I would definitely not want to have surgery done by a surgeon in so much pain that he could pass out any moment. Plus, he’s probably doing more harm than good by causing everyone around him and his loved ones to worry about him,” reads one comment under the SCMP video.
“This should not be a precendent to work themselves to death. He could have caused more harm to patients in that condition,” reads another.