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Self-taught doctor dedicated to welfare of rural community

ALMOST every day in the past four decades, 69-year-old village doctor Gao Yinshui walks for miles on mountain roads to see her patients in nine different villages in Nanchang City, east China’s Jiangxi Province.

At the end of 1970, Gao’s mother had an emergency health scare and was lucky to be saved by a local rural doctor. Gao gave up the opportunity to be a teacher and instead chose to become a rural doctor because of her mother’s lucky escape.

Gao has no medical foundation or official qualifications but she studies in the township health center, participates in clinical practice and reads medical books to broaden and master her medical knowledge in the evenings, while working during the day.

After Gao made herself a doctor, she provided medical help for more than 1,500 villagers. Gao’s grandson Chen Hailin also studies medicine and is likely to carry on Gao’s cause when she can no longer work.


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