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British medical expert helps Chinese families to fulfill dreams in Kunming

By : InKunming | Published: 2016-July-14

British doctor Gideon Verwoerd is exchanging opinions on medical technologies with colleagues from Kunming City Maternal and Child Health Hospital. [Provided to InKunming]

British doctor Gideon Verwoerd and his Kunming colleagues are discussing about works in a clinic room. [Provided to InKunming]

[InKunming--Kunming]  In the morning of July 4, at 9 o'clock, Gideon Verwoerd, British medical expert sat in a clinic room. He, with Kunming colleagues, was asking a patient's illness, and recorded the illness's situations very carefully in a laptop.

From May 30 he arrived in Kunming, Gideon kept working for over 30 days, having not much time to be concerned about snacks, scenic spots, and urban environment of Kunming city.

"Each day Gideon comes to work at 8 o'clock in the morning, and leaves office always significantly later than normal closing time. " Miss Liu, an assistant interpreter to Gideon said.

Gideon Verwoerd, from British Bourn Hall Clinic, was a lead clinician in a field of IVF(In Vitro Fertilization) baby at that clinic. Taking up a job as a doctor over 20 years, Gideon received BBC's exclusive interview for one of his researches related to pregnant women's preeclampsia, having won extensive attention from a circle of gynaecology and obstetrics in Europe.

British Bourn Hall Clinic is a center that created the first test tube baby in the world. Robert Edwards, as a founder of the clinic, won Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2010, due to his contribution to test tube babies.

Gideon Verwoerd, as an inheritor of the British Bourn Hall Clinic, with invitation of Kunming City Maternal and Child Health Hospital, came to the hospital, in Kunming, China, to help doctors of the hospital to improve reproductive technology and establish British Bourn Hall's advanced standard operating procedure management system and quality control system in the hospital.

"My job is to help couples who are unable to conceive naturally to have a family," Gideon said. Until June, 2016, Kunming City Maternal and Child Health Hospital still maintained a high success ratio of over 50% in fresh embryo transfer, higher than China's average transfer ratio, due to concerted efforts of Gideon, and his colleagues both from the U.K. and Kunming.

"I enjoy my job very much. Because every time the treatment is successful, their tears of happiness make me very happy for the couple. It gives a lot of meanings and values to my job as a doctor." Gideon said after he successfully treated a Kunming woman with fertility problem.

In the U.K., Gideon and his wife, an eldest son, and a twin, peacefully lived in Cambridge shire of London. Except for normal works in Bourn Hall, Gideon had time to accompany wife and children, and do some exercises after work normally.

However, after settling in Kunming for work, Gideon could not accompany wife and children, and just works in the hospital in the day time every day, and learns Chinese in the evening after his work.

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