(Minghui.org) I am a 54-year-old eye doctor and I began practicing Falun Dafa 25 years ago. The power of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance always helped me deal with difficult situations. I was able to look within for my own problems and put myself in others’ shoes. As a result I have a happy family and all my coworkers enjoyed working with me in a relaxed and cheerful environment. I never took money under the table and never had a medical dispute.

Falun Dafa helped improve my moral values and expand my wisdom. My professional skills improved significantly and my coworkers admire my surgical techniques. Many patients’ eyes that I operated on were able to see clearly, thus they were also beneficiaries of Falun Dafa.

Becoming an Attending Physician

When I was an intern in a renowned provincial-level hospital in 1996, I began practicing Falun Dafa. The practice taught me to eliminate my attachments, be considerate of others, and conduct myself according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.

People used to think that I was arrogant because I often spoke in a loud voice. I noticed this issue after I became a practitioner. I tried to speak more softly and slowly when I talked to my patients. My patients said that I became friendlier and more caring.

On the weekends I checked on my patients instead of letting the doctors on duty examine them. I worried that other doctors might not be able to spot and handle sudden situations since they weren’t as familiar with the patients’ situations as I was. As a practitioner, I truly cared about every patient. In return, they trusted and respected me.

Through the practice, I was healthy and always energetic no matter how heavy my workload was. I always completed my assignments well and my superiors often commended my performance. My memory improved and I could memorize professional knowledge after I read it once.

The head doctor was willing to take me under his wing. The next year I became his graduate student. After I graduated, I became an attending physician in that hospital.

Dafa Improves My Skills

The hospital put together a team of experts to routinely inspect every department and teach the doctors how to make ward rounds. I got good reviews every time. The head expert told the head doctor every time he came, “This attending physician is really good at what she does.”

At the end of the inspection, the head expert said in front of all the surgeons, “The reason we are here is to help everyone improve their medical potential and analytical skills. If everyone can be like (me) in ophthalmology, then we have done our jobs.”

I operated to fix a diabetic retinal detachment in September 2013. It was a difficult procedure and my assistant’s hand started shaking five hours into the surgery. As a result, I couldn’t see the reflection well. Normally this would be a disaster for a surgeon because a shaking reflection from a mirror would cause the surgeon to have nausea and dizziness. In some cases the surgeon wouldn’t be able to continue the operation.

Master told us to be considerate. I didn’t lose my temper and tried to think of how difficult it must have been for the assistant. I told him to take a break. A few minutes later he came back and held the mirror steadily. I quickly completed the procedure. The patient’s eyesight returned to normal. I believe that if I had not practiced Falun Dafa, I would have gotten angry and scolded the assistant and not been able to finish the surgery calmly.

The compassion I developed while practicing Falun Dafa allowed me to treat every patient like a family member no matter their social or financial status. I gave every surgery my best effort out of respect for my patient.

I also use laser treatments for patients with vascular problems in their eyes. Many of the patients I treated, who later went to doctors in other hospitals, would come back and tell me that those doctors asked them “who did such a great job” after checking their eyes.

A woman came to me in 2000 with mild vision loss because one of the veins in her eye was blocked. At the time laser surgery was the only option. I helped to bring her eyesight back to near normal. She later went to Beijing 301 Hospital for a checkup. After examining her eyes, the technician said, “Where did you get the laser surgery? What an excellent job, better than any of the doctors in our hospital can do.” The patient was so excited that she wanted to tell my supervisor how skillful and kind I was.

About five years ago a man in his 60s came to see me. He said, “A dozen years ago you treated my diabetic retinal disease and I have been doing well. I am hospitalized this time for dialysis. My doctor asked me to have my eyes checked. Would you do it?” I agreed. His eyesight remained at 1.0, normal vision. As I examined his retina, I was still amazed at how well I did, thanks to the grace of Falun Dafa.

Steady Operation Creates Miraculous Results

In the past ten years, I specialized in vitrectomy eye surgery, which is a very difficult, risky surgery with a long learning curve. The process of how I learned to do this surgery was interesting. Before, I only assisted a surgeon on this type of surgery and never operated independently. In an annual meeting for eye doctors, I found a simulator for vitrectomy and decided to give it a go. I completed the entire surgery without making any mistakes. This boosted my confidence.

My first patient who required a vitrectomy had a vitreous hemorrhage. He had faith in me. I carefully evaluated his condition and believed that I could help improve his condition. If I did not have confidence, I would not agree to operate. I have to be responsible for my patient because I am a practitioner.

In the process, I remained calm and focused. I did not rush but made sure that everything I did, I did well. The next day the patient was very satisfied with the result as his eyesight recovered to 0.8.

Many experts in vitrectomy say that, “You have to fail and blind at least 100 eyes before you become a truly good vitrectomy surgeon.” From my first case up till now, I haven’t had a failed case. Isn’t this a miracle itself? At work I never stopped demanding of myself to follow the teachings and improve my values. Falun Dafa changed me physically and spiritually and endowed me with wisdom. It is the source of my superb skills.

Master says in “Teachings at the 2005 Conference in San Francisco

“...your work in society isn’t cultivation, but your cultivation will be reflected in your work in society.”

One time I shared my cases at an academic conference on vitrectomy. I wanted to get feedback so that I could improve. After they examined my cases, the conclusion was, “Though the doctor just started doing this surgery, she is a true vitrectomy surgeon. She was able to calmly analyze complicated situations and patiently execute her decision until it was done properly. Every case was done well as the results speak for themselves!”

Becoming a Considerate Person

When patients from the subsidiary local hospitals had complications after their surgeries and came to me, I tried my best to help. I’d operate on them if it was urgent, day or night. The results always turned out to be satisfactory and the patients never went back to their local hospitals.

Between the head doctors in the subsidiary hospitals, they knew that I could fix their problems. They said, “She not only helps us, but the patients, too. As skillful as she is, she is nice to the patients and the surgical results are good. When patients are happy, there is a lot less trouble for us. You can’t find doctors like this anymore.”

Not long ago I was in the middle of surgery and got a call from a doctor in a subsidiary hospital. He wanted me to help a patient who had an eye infection for three days after surgery. The patient arrived at 7 in the evening. That day I performed surgeries from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. When I examined the patient, the infection was so bad that he needed immediate attention.

My assistant told me, “Even young people do not have the physical stamina you do. Most professors your age would perform the surgery the next day.”

If I didn’t practice Falun Dafa, I wouldn’t have the strength to perform the surgery that day. If fact, I would have put it off until the next day since I had exhausted myself that day. Falun Dafa teaches us to put others first and to be selfless. I did the surgery around midnight. During the surgery I saw how bad the infection was, which proved that my decision to do the surgery right away was correct. If I had put it off, he’d have lost his eyesight completely. Now he still has eyesight of around 0.3.

The next day one of the patient’s family members found me and bowed to me sincerely.

When the patient was discharged, this family member told me, “Doctor, all of my family are truly grateful for what you did.” I said, “You believed in me and came to me. I should do my best.” He then told me, “I feel that you are not an ordinary person. When I speak to you, I feel that my body is vibrating because of your energy.”

I told him about Falun Dafa and the evil persecution in China. After he knew about the persecution, he happily quit the Young Pioneers, one of the CCP's (Chinese Communist Party's) youth organizations, and said, “I believe everything you say. Falun Dafa is truly remarkable!”

Turning Down Money

A few years ago an official from the city’s propaganda department suffered severe retinal disease because of diabetes. He had seen other doctors but to no avail. When he came to me, I saw that the majority of his retina had detached. He was terrified about the situation and I comforted him, “The equipment and technology are highly sophisticated nowadays. Many patients with your conditions were healed. You being so nervous isn’t helping with your blood sugar level and hypertension.” He calmed down and felt better.

Right before the surgery he and his wife gave me an envelope filled with cash. I wouldn’t take it and my reaction shocked them. It was contradictory to their impression of doctors. I know that a doctor with my reputation and experience would have taken at least half a million yuan under the table each year.

I explained to them, “I practice Falun Dafa and Master told me to be the best person I can be and tp put others first. I never take money under the table.” I then told them the truth of the persecution and how my family and I benefited from the practice.

In the end, the patient said to me, “Our understanding of Falun Dafa was negative before we met you. In the past few days dealing with you, I saw how sincerely you treated every one of your patients. From your behavior I know that Falun Dafa is good.”

Both he and his wife quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Many times they reminded me, “Please watch out for your safety. Please don't casually tell just anyone that you practice Falun Dafa. Your patients cannot afford to lose a good doctor like you!”

Surprisingly his eyesight was restored completely after the surgery. I think it was his good fortune after he had a positive understanding of Falun Dafa and quit the CCP.

Falun Dafa has given me so much in my 25 years of practice. If I did not practice Falun Dafa, I would not have the trust I had from my patients and coworkers, nor would I have such extraordinary medical skills. I am utterly grateful to Revered Master Li Hongzhi, Dafa’s founder.

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