This image shows a hard-working medic takes a nap in an operating theatre after reportedly carrying out seven consecutive surgeries – with netizens now rushing to praise the doctor for his efforts.
Shenzhen Longgang Central Hospital orthopaedic surgeon Dai Yu is seen sitting in the corner of the brightly lit room in his scrubs while leaning against the wall to sleep on 26th August. The hospital is located in Shenzhen City, in South China’s Guangdong Province.
The doctor who took the photo posted it online and immediately received an overwhelming response from social media users after revealing that Dai had just completed seven surgeries – and was booked for three more.
Doctor Dai said: “Because of how many surgeries I do, I have to take breaks in order to finish them all. Another doctor just happened to take a photo of it.
“I had 10 surgeries on the day, including four patients with bones fractures.
“I entered the operating theatre at 8:30am, and by 4 or 5pm I had already done seven surgeries.
“The anaesthesiologist was putting the [next] patient under, so I took the opportunity to rest.
“I actually think I have it easy.
“One of our residents had a 24-hour shift, tended to 13 patients and took part in an emergency surgery. Then the following day he worked with me until after 7pm.
“They’re the real heroes.”
Social media users have praised Doctor Dai as well as other doctors who find themselves working in often understaffed facilities.
Some, however, also voiced concerns, suggesting the Chinese government should look at alleviating some of their workload.
Netizen ‘Zhage Mabu’ wrote: “The supply doesn’t meet the demand here – isn’t it time for reform?”
‘Napian Yunna’ added: “Surely overworking them like this is a risk for both the doctors and the patients?”
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