A Medical Doctor’s Experience with Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) Dr. Zhao Shulan, 70, operated a private medical clinic. A friend introduced her to Falun Gong in May 1998, and Dr. Zhao benefited a great deal from it. However, she and her family suffered after the persecution started in 1999.
Below are excerpts from her criminal complaint filed with the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the Supreme People’s Court on June 6, 2015 against Jiang Zemin, former leader of the Chinese Communist Party who directed the persecution of Falun Gong.
From Doubt to Belief
I had a bad fall in January 1998 and broke my arm. I was still in pain four months after an operation where steel rods were placed in my arm. The muscles around my thumb atrophied. My thumb moved next to my index finger, and I could not separate them.
I happened to run into a friend on May 15, who said I could get better through practicing Falun Gong. I did not believe her. I thought everything would be fine after the steel rods were removed. Just to be polite, however, I accepted the book Zhuan Falun from my friend.
Out of curiosity, I started to read Zhuan Falun the next morning. When my assistant at the clinic called to have lunch, I put the book down and realized that I had no pain in my arm. I lifted my arm and turned it back and forth—still no pain. It was amazing.
From then on, I no longer had pain–not only in my arm, but also the chronic headaches, dizziness, and arthritis I had suffered from since my school days. I now firmly believe in Falun Gong.
Whole Family Benefits
About 18 years have gone by, and I have remained very healthy. For the last few years, in addition to looking after my elderly father, I also take care of all the household chores. I take my grandchildren to school and pick them up after school. I do grocery shopping, laundry, house cleaning, and cooking for my whole family of eight. I’m full of energy.
My bad temper has also changed. I used to get angry easily and would blame others for everything that went wrong. Now I’ve learned to be kind to others. I look within when conflicts arise. My whole family has benefited from following the Falun Gong principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
One day in 1998, a lady with the last name of Lu came to see me for inflammation in her foot. I told her to practice Falun Gong. She looked at me with a smile, as if she were saying, “I came to see you, and you can earn money from it. Why are you doing this?”
She agreed only halfheartedly to learn Falun Gong the next day. To her great surprise, not only was her foot problem cured, but her rapid heartbeat also went away.
Another patient managed security for a shipping company. He was diagnosed with hepatitis at the end of 1998. His complexion was very dull; he could eat very little and was weak.
The hospital asked him to pay a 2,000 yuan deposit for treatment. He could not afford the deposit and just bought some medicine from the hospital. Instead, he came to my clinic every day for a two-hour intravenous drip.
He had become so weak that his wife had to bring him over with a tricycle, even though his home was just across the road from my clinic.
As Chinese New Year arrived, he became really desperate and came to learn Falun Gong. Within two days, he could walk on his own. Three months later, he had completely recovered. His complexion turned rosy, and he looked like a new person.
Our Peaceful Life Destroyed
The police started to track me in May of 1999. I saw police cars parked where I would often do Falun Gong exercises.
I have been illegally arrested nine times and constantly monitored by the “610 Office” in our area. My whole family lived in fear and terror. Each time the police harassed my family, my parents would be tense for days. They could not eat or sleep. The tension and anxiety took a toll on their health. My mother passed away in 2007, and my father became mentally disoriented.
In addition to the suffering that my family went through during the persecution, I have suffered both physically and mentally. I never felt safe and had to leave my profession as a clinical physician.
In 1999, Jiang Zemin, as head of the Chinese Communist Party, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.
The persecution has led to the deaths of many Falun Gong practitioners in the past 16 years. More have been tortured for their belief and even killed for their organs. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of the brutal persecution.
Under his personal direction, the Chinese Communist Party established an extralegal security organ, the “610 Office,” on June 10, 1999. The organization overrides police forces and the judicial system in carrying out Jiang's directive regarding Falun Gong: to ruin their reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.
Chinese law allows for citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are now exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.