Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saving A Life


This is the most worthy story that I ever wrote for my blog. No card. This is just a personal, true story that I feel worth sharing.

I  translate this directly from what my younger brother Jerry Aurum wrote:

A seamstress laid in the ICU room of a certain hospital in Jakarta. He was taken there by his employer. A young doctor checked on him and found out that this man had a heart attack and they need to do a coronary stent, that cost hundreds of million in rupiah (thousand of dollars in US currency).

The employer said he couldn't afford the cost and they couldn't contact the patient's family. Dealing with heart attack, each minute counts. In fact within the 15 minutes the patient was in  the hospital, his heart stopped 3 times, but each time the doctor was able to revive him.

The doctor asked his colleague what should he do. If they don't do anything, the patient will die. The colleague said well it is what it is, what can we do. Unsatisfied with the answer, the doctor went t the hospital director. Same answer. As a doctor he's facing the dilemma, if he takes an action without the permission from the family and the hospital and no way to know how the patient going to pay for the procedure,  he is facing a high risk that could cost not only his career but his own life (being a doctor is his life).

At the end, the doctor decided to do the coronary stent on his patient who is dying. Without any way of knowing who would cover the cost for the procedure, without any back up from his colleague or the hospital. And if he failed, he would be the one that being accused by the family as being responsible for the death. In his mind he only think of 1 thing. This patient is only 32 years old and who will feed his little children if he passed away?

With God's blessing, the patient survived. When the patient's wife arrived (she's only a maid with low income), she was so thankful. And the doctor was able to convince the hospital to not charge anything to the patient and asked the employer to help with the cost of the medicine that the patient will really need to stay alive and get well.

A few hours later, this story go around the hospital and became hot topic. Some nurses cried and thank the doctor even though they don't know who the patient is.

When I heard this, I told the doctor, there's moment in life that show a doctor his quality as a doctor and there's also moment that show a doctor his quality as a human being.

This young doctor name is Jeffrey Wirianta, a well known cardiologist in Jakarta who loves being a doctor more than anything. And me, Jerry Aurum, is his younger brother who is so proud to have a brother who truly dedicate his life to his work and even more his dedication to other human being. ~

You see, the cardiologist in this story, Jeffrey Wirianta is my big brother. When I read this post on my younger brother's Facebook wall, I found myself crying with so much love and admiration. And true to his style, when I  told Jeff how proud I am of him, all he said that at that moment all he could think of is saving this man's life. And that he was afraid. Afraid of what "might happen". 

And that makes me even prouder. That he was afraid, yet he did it anyway. That's what courage is. To do the right thing even when you're afraid. The world need more doctors, more people like him. He always wanted to become a doctor since he was only 5 years old. That's the only answer he ever gave when people ask him what he'd like to be.

In high school, my mom asked him why he wants to become a doctor and he said to save life. To this day, despite all his success, he stay true to his reason and I know my mom is one proud mom at this moment. If you ask my mom, I know she'd said she reached her life goal, which is  to raise decent human being.

Mom, I  think you did an amazing job in raising us. Especially with Jeff as he became such a good role model for us to follow. To Jeff, thank you for making me believe that there's still good people out there. That there's still real doctor out there who really about saving lives.

Right now, I  feel like my heart would burst with so much love and admiration. Jeffrey Wirianta, I am so blessed and proud to have you as my brother. You are the best! Love, love, love. 

19 comments:

Jane said...

What a WONDERFUL story! God bless your brother!! I wish more doctors were like him! Thanks for sharing!

Angelica said...

That is an amazing story Vera! Your brother is very brave and did what was right. Martin Luther Ling Jr. said "It is always the right time to do the right thing."

natashakara said...

This story bring tears to my eyes and shivers down my spine. Your pride shines through every word, as it should. You are100% correct when you say, " the world needs more people like this." Not just doctors who are able to save lives. But people who have the courage to do the right thing despite the consequences. Thanks you for sharing this story. It's made me want to aspire to do better.

~amy~ said...

Such an amazing story Vera...thanks for sharing!

pcm said...

awesome :)

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

This is amazing! Good for your brother!

chillin with Quillin said...

so sweet,God bless your Brother, we need more doctors like him!!
thanks for sharing this awesome story !!!!
Paula

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Wonderful story, sounds like a great brother and friend and doctor!

Judy1223 said...

You should be so proud, Vera...your brother set a wonderful example for every person he works with and every patient in that hosptal...and now for all who read ths story. God bless him!

Tenia Nelson said...

WE NEED more doctors like your brother!! What an awesome story....tears of joy!!

melania deasy said...

Hi Vera :) Your brother is amazing!! It took a LOT courage to do that. I admire him and your mom. I wish I can raise my son just like your mom did.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

What a wonderful story!!! Simply amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with us, I can only imagine how proud you all are!
Hugs,
Lisa

Kelly Booth said...

This is Awesome Vera, brought tears to my eyes! What a Special Human Being he is...!xoxo

Susan F. said...

Vera, I am wriitng this it tears. Your brother is a true doctor who honors life above all else. God bless him. Thank you so much for sharing this story. Your mother raised fine children. In you she raised a loving daughter with an artist's soul. We are all blessed by that.

ivy said...

amazing story! what a great way to start off my week!

Alice Wertz said...

such an amazing and heartwarming story, Vera! you should be proud! you all have such big hearts! thanks so much for sharing and for making me smile! =)

Anita Rex said...

One word simply WOW! What an amazing doctor! What an amazing brother you have!

Esther said...

What a wonderful story, thanks for sharing it with us!!!! The world needs more admiral people like your brother !!!!

Virginia L. said...

A HEART-WARMING story, Vera! Thanks for sharing this story! Your bros rock! Yes, you should be proud, very proud!

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