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Feature: Li Suzhi, life-saving bodhisattva
13:32, May 13, 2009  

Shortly after his graduation from the Second Military Medical Universityt in 1976, Li Suzhi, then 22, abandoned life in the metropolitan of Shanghai and volunteered to go to Tibet as a military surgeon.

Li, now director of Tibet General Military Hospital, has been on the plateau for 33 years. Traveling across the vast land of Tibet in all kinds of weather, he has delivered warmth and care to thousands of households and lamaseries, and won trust and praise from the Tibetan people for his excellent medical skills and noble personality.

Li Suzhi (L), director of Tibet Military General Hospital is checking health for Tibetans. (Xinhua File Photo)

Li has treated 650 children who suffered from congenital heart disease and has distributed more than 2,000 free medical cards to the needed in the SOS Children's Village in Lhasa, Tibet Social Welfare Home and Lhasa Social Welfare Home.

Every year, Li will lead his medical team to check the children in Lhasa as well as those in remote grazing areas for congenital heart disease.

In their efforts, 15,000 free medical cards have been handed out and 15,000 health archives set up. Medicine and medical services worth no less than 30 million yuan RMB are provided annually to lamas, nuns and the common people in Tibet.

Referred to as "living bodhisattva," Li enjoys a high popularity among Tibetan people and lamas. Since he was appointed head of the General Military Hospital of Tibet in 1996, Li and his medical team have travelled more than 400,000 km, checking health for some 210,000 people, and have done more than 9,000 surgeries for them.

He also gives priority to cultivating medical talents. Every year he will send experts and skilled doctors to teach and tutor students from medical colleges and institutes in Lhasa.

Moreover, he and his hospital will seize every chance to provide trainings to medical workers in villages, towns and counties. Those with potentials would be collected to Tibet General Military Hospital for further training.

Li Suzhi checks health for a Tibetan boy. (Xinhua File Photo)

Until now, the hospital has provided training for some 4,300 medical workers from local hospitals and clinics. Most of them have become the backbones of their workplaces.

On 16:30, October 6, 2008, a 6.6-scale earthquake shook the Geda Village in Damxung County, Lhasa, Tibet. On hearing the news, Li Suzhi quickly organized a team of 68 skilled doctors and rushed with it for the quake site.

About nine hours later when they arrived at Geda Village, epicenter of the earthquake, Li and his team begun the rescue work in no time. He conducted emergency treatment to eight severely injured villagers on the spot at one go.

Then several more trips were made by Li and his rescue team amid threathening aftershocks and despite blocked roads, piecing coldness and blasting snow.

Now there are carefully kept 100 silk banners of gratitude presented by his patients and more than 1,000 pieces of Hada (a long piece of silk as a gift of greeting or blessing) in a cabinet in his home. Looking at them, Li smiled: "those are the most precious treasures for me!"

Source: Xinhuanet

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