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Ba Jin a Battle for Life

Ba Jin a Battle for Life

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Ba Jin
A Battle for Life
1958
 
3
Foreward
On Ma
y
26
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sa
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f t
he Shangha
iNo. 3 Steel Works, was burned by molten steel. e affected area extended over
89 per cent of his body, 20 per cent being third degree burns with the musclesand bones involved. According to Western medical authorities, a patient withsuch severe burns would be likely to die. But due to the affectionate’ concernof the Communist Party, to the great efforts made by the medical staff and tothe widespread support of society at large, Chiu Tsai-kang is still alive. Aer
being treated for more than five months his wounds are now completely healed
and covered by graed skin.On November 23 he was transferred to the Sino-
SovietFriendship Hospital in Pekingor f urther treatment. ree monthslater the
unc
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on o
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ches
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During his stay in Peking,ChiuTsai-kang was ableto aendand speak at theNational Conference of 
A
ctive Young Builders of Socialism.
O
n March 19, 1959
he returned to Shanghai to convalesce.
During the course of treatment which saved this steel worker’s life, the
Kwangtze Hospital received enthusiastic support and commendation from peoplein all walks of life.
A
very deep impression was made on some foreign friends who
visited the hospital, by this marvel of healing.
D
r. J. S. Horn, Fellow of the Royal
College of Surgeons of England, aer checking the record of the treatment, said:
“I consider the treatment to be outstandingly good. I have never seen a burnedpatient who received such excellent treatment and minute care.” Professor De
Rud
l
e
r,
D
ir
ec
t
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o
f t
he Su
r
g
i
ca
l
Depa
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men
t
o
Gene
v
a Un
iv
e
r
s
ity i
n Sw
it
ze
rl
and
,
aerpersonallyexaminingthe patient,said: “etreatmentgivenis excellent.
Y
ou obse
rv
e
t
he change o
s
y
mp
t
oms mo
r
e
t
ho
r
ough
ly
and ca
r
e
u
lly t
han we do
.
Later in talking with Professor Fu Pei-pin he again remarked: “In your country
where flies and mosquitoes can be exterminated, anything can be done.”
A
Frenchcorrespondent Monsieur Robert Clarke said: “e fact that Chiu Tsai-kang whose
burns extended over more than 80 per cent of his body was saved is regardedinternationally as a rare occurrence.Again he reported: “In France, a certainlocomotive engineer who was no more than 50 per cent burned died, notwith-standingtheact that fieen workersvolunteeredto off er theirblood and skin
for transfusion and graing.”
e saving of Chiu Tsai-kang’s life proves a truth, namely, that only under theleadership of the Communist Party, can the life of such a severely burned patient
like Chiu Tsai-kang be snatched from the jaws of Death. It proves that only by
observingthe principle of thorough co-operation betweenthe whole medicalstaff,

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