Nepalese patients, please wait for me to return

Dr. Kishor and Dr. Manish,who are a doctor and anOrthodontistfrom Nepal Bir Hospital, came to Taiwan for medical training in August 2019. Bir Hospital is the only tertiary level governmental hospital, also, is the oldest and has the largest number of patients in Nepal.

Dr. Kishor grew up in a middle-class family. He is the fourth child in his family with four other brothers and sisters. Dr. Kishor has had been always dreamed to become a doctor since he was a child. He said, “My father was a businessman before he retired. My mom is a homemaker. I knew deep down in my heart that I would like to become a doctor when I was little. However, I also knew clearly that my family was not able to support me financially to achieve this dream.In Nepal, it costs at least 1.5 million to 1.8 millionto complete medical school.People often said, “You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” As such, in order to make my dream come true, I sat for an exam for scholarship application, which was held by the ministry of education. I passed the exam and got that scholarship! Therefore, I was able to pay off all of my tuition feesfor medical study, which included my bachelor’s and master's degree, and further training at Jiamusi University, China.Although it was tough to pass kinds of testssuccessfully, all good things came to the end when I looked back”.

Dr. Kishor believes the saying "You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.” 

What keeps Dr. Kishor ongoing to pursue his dream when it is challenging togo through one and another test? Dr. Kishor replied without hesitating, “Being a doctor is a meaningful job because it can save lives. On top of that,the fact that being a doctor can earn good social reputation and status is appealing.”

Dr. Kishor then further shared about the reasons why he would like to delve into learning craniofacial surgery. He said, “I once encountered a patient with Apert syndrome. Because of premature closure of the sagittal suture of the skull, this patient hadsagittal synostosis, syndactyly, and exophthalmos. The patient faced the risk of becoming blind if the patient had missed the golden period of being cured. However, due to the lack of appropriate skills, I transferred this patient to India with my heartbroken. Therefore, I decided to learn well craniofacial surgery.”

Dr. Kishor (the 4th one from the left) with his medical team in Nepal

Dr. Kishor continued saying, “I have been tracking the work of Dr. Yu-Ray Chensince I first stepped into this area. I have been studying his published thesis and research. To some extent, I would say Dr. Cheng is my first figure who enlightens me oncraniofacial surgery. My admiration for Dr. Chengisthe primary reason why I choose to receive further training in Taiwan. I still remembered clearly the strong feeling of admiring Dr. Cheng when I first meet him. People often said, “Seeing is believing.” My desire to learncraniofacial surgery had strengthened after meeting Dr. Cheng in person.”

Dr. Kishor was impressed with two social ethe in Taiwan during the time of training. Firstly,he was surprised at how willing senior doctorsto teach generously to junior and foreign doctors. He said, “The positive atmosphere which senior and junior doctors are actively learning and teaching each other can eventually benefit the most to patients.”Secondly, Dr. Kishorwas impressed with the beneficial medical-structure in Taiwan. For example, the well-established National Health Insurance in Taiwan, the advance medical facilities(especially the medical record system), and the trust-relationship between medical professionals and patients. Dr. Kishor said with emotion, “I consider that Taiwanese patients understand the procedure of their medical treatment well enough. They alsoactivelyget involved in their treatment, which is nearly impossible to occur in Nepal.”

Dr. Kishor further explains that there are many patients who delay their treatment due to the lack of medical knowledge and financial support. As such, Dr. Kishor expects himself to learn as much as he can during his one-year training in Taiwan. He would like to provide treatment to all his previous patients who suffer from craniofacial disfiguration and expects to outreach to new patients because of his medical skills. He also said, “of course, it is not enough to rely only on me and Dr. Manish. We need a well-trained medical team. However, at least, Dr. Manish and I are now undergoing our training in Taiwan. It is a great start. I look forward to my medical training in Taiwan. I really appreciated Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation and Chang Gung Medical Hospital for providing this opportunity to me. I will do my best. Nepalese patients, please wait for me to return.”

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