In February 2020, Hubei was still haunted by COVID-19. Medical assistance teams from across the country came to Hubei to support local medical providers in rescuing patients and fighting against the epidemic. Wang Cheng, Mindray R&D Manager, shares with us the story of how his family helped to fight against COVID-19.
"I didn't know when I would see my wife again, as I hugged her goodbye at Shenzhen Union Hospital. "On February 7, Shenzhen Union Hospital sent its first medical assistance team to Hubei. Wang Cheng hugged his wife goodbye, who was among this team heading to the front lines.
Wang Cheng's wife, a schoolmate of Wang Cheng, graduated from Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. As a Deputy Chief Physician, she has long been working in the field of infectious disease diagnosis and treatment, and has extensive experience and clinical insights.
"I went to school in Wuhan and my husband is a Wuhan native, so I consider Wuhan as my second home. When this city needs me, I'll help without hesitation. "
Wang Cheng recalls that his wife signed up first and then told him, knowing that he would understand: "Even if she told me before signing up, I'd definitely support her. " He was worried about his wife. However, since he worked as a doctor for a while, he knew hospitals are like battlefields. He should support her, just like supporting soldiers during real battles. While his wife was busy treating patients, Wang Cheng was wondering if he could do something to keep her safe.
His wife, who had just arrived in Wuhan, told him that the once bustling city fell silent, as if a vibrant young man lost his energy overnight, which was very upsetting. At that moment, Wang Cheng decided that no matter how long his wife stayed in Wuhan, he would take care of the family so that she wouldn't need to worry. He worked as a volunteer offering guidance to patients in hospitals. He also used social media platforms to increase public awareness of preventing COVID-19, and donated 800 sets of protective clothing to Hubei. Although he was not on the front lines doing clinical diagnosis, he made contributions by working at Mindray and producing medical devices. Just as his colleagues said – if we produce one more device, we may save a few more lives.
During the two months of separation, whenever there was news from Wuhan on TV, Wang Cheng's parents would sit in front of TV half an hour earlier to check the current situation of Wuhan and the pandemic. Wang Cheng's daughter Miaomiao, who was an elementary school student, knew that her mother was working in the affected area and was very worried. All the family members were looking forward to the video call every few days.
On March 20, his wife returned to Shenzhen after completing the task of assisting Hubei, but she needed to be quarantined for two weeks. Miaomiao and her mother agreed that Miaomiao would wait at the roadside to welcome the return of the medical assistance team, so that Miaomiao could pretend to hug her mother through the window if the team passed by slowly enough. As the team passed by very quickly, Miaomiao and her mother failed to see each other, and Miaomiao cried.
The family finally united on April 5, 2020. Wang Cheng ushered in a hug with his wife. She said that she had been prepared for the worst-case scenario when she left, and now she felt blessed to hold her family in her arms. In her opinion, Wang Cheng is the best husband and father. Wang Cheng also feels that, no matter what others say, his wife is the real hero.
image 1, image 2: Shenzhen’s medical assistance team and Wang Cheng’s wife in Wuhan