(Minghui.org) In April 2020 when the CCP virus plague hit New York hard, the hospital where my brother works as an anesthesiologist was admitting many patients every day. Within ten days, the ICU was full, and even he was transferred to work in the ICU. Personal protective equipment (PPE) was in short supply, so he wore a large plastic wrap tied around his waist with a rope to interact with patients. Sometimes, the patients' bodily fluids splashed onto the doctors.
As more and more people became infected, doctors began working around the clock in an effort to treat as many patients as possible. No one even thought about taking a break. From my brother's phone calls, we heard bad news after bad news: a Costco janitor died; a surgeon in his hospital died; the doctor who'd been in the elevator with him the day before died.
At the beginning of May, my brother collapsed from exhaustion. He had a fever and was diagnosed with Covid-19 himself. He was hospitalized and put on a ventilator. He was well aware of what could happen next and prepared for the worst with his wife, making arrangements for his family's finances and trying to take care of his real estate affairs.
He sounded very weak over the phone, and I could hear him gasping for air. His life was in danger and we were very worried about him. At that point, even though I knew that my phone might be monitored, I told him, “I'm sorry. I should have told you this earlier. Please write down what I am about to say.” He agreed.
I told him to write down “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
He said he did.
Then I said, “Please sincerely recite these auspicious phrases repeatedly. If you can't say them out loud, you can recite them in your mind. You will be fine.”
He said, “Ok, I will.”
I was very surprised that he actually listened to my advice since he normally doesn't. Perhaps it was his instinct to survive. When he visited China, every time I tried to talk to him about Falun Dafa, he simply interrupted me and avoided the topic. He would say impatiently, “Don't you know that our parents suffered during every government movement in the past? How can you still practice this (Falun Dafa)? Aren't you afraid of being imprisoned?” He then proceeded to say more disrespectful things.
In reality, my brother is very kind, sincere, and sympathetic. He lived through the June 4th Massacre on Tiananmen Square and knows how evil the Chinese Communist Party is. He knows that Falun Dafa practitioners are being persecuted, but he didn't know how great Falun Dafa is or believe that it is supernatural. Perhaps that is common for many intellectuals in China.
Two days after I told him to recite the auspicious phrases, I called him again. His fever had gone down and he was breathing evenly again. He was ready to be discharged.
As a doctor, my brother believes in modern science, but modern science could not find the cure for Covid-19. He recovered quickly after he sincerely recited, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
While he was recovering, I recommended a TV series called The Story of Falun Dafa: Now and For the Future for him to watch. After he saw the last episode, he refused to continue to explore the tough truth. He said he needed to relax and didn't want to think about serious topics.
I said, “Of course, we all want a better life, but the persecution of Falun Dafa that is taking place in China cannot be ignored. Indifference to bad people and bad things only leads people to become complacent. No one expected the outbreak of a global pandemic, but everyone must face it head on.”