Here is a moving story about one foreign patient, who once was critically ill due to the brain hemorrhage from car accident, but was successfully cured and recovered from the condition, and finally sent a Thank you letter to Korean health professionals.
Mr Patrick Fitzhenry, an Australian engineer had a car accident early of last March, which caused right hand paralyzed and speech disorder, followed by the brain hemorrhage due to serious head trauma. However, Mr Fitzhenry gets back on his feet now from the accident after successful surgery done by Yoon Byul Heel, clinical director of Nerosurgery Department, Sun Medical Center.
Mr Fitzhenry was visiting university at Daejeon for providing technical advice and training for the purchased super computer. However, his taxi had a car accident on the day, which caused severe head injury.
Initially Dr Yoon, the attending physician had observed Mr Fitzhenry carefully for a few days, trying to avoid open surgery. However, he finally removed the hematoma by open surgery, after having confirmed consistent right hand paralysed and speech problem.
The surgery was great, and Mr Fitzhenry got well quickly. Meanwhile, Brandon, Mr Patrick Fitzhenry’s brother came to Sun hospital with the help of Australian embassy, Seoul and Mr Fitzhenry’s company. Mr Fitzhenry went back to Australia safely when it was confirmed that he did not struggle to perform daily of activities after a month of recovery time.
Mr Fitzhenry sent a Thanks letter to his health professional team after going back to Australia.
Mr Fitzhenry recalled that “Sun hospital tried to provide me with integrated treatment approach, and multidisciplinary team work for my recovery. Especially, Dr Yoon Byul Hee tried to solve out my problem with outstanding judgement based on medical evidences, and provided kind and easy-to-understand explanation about my condition to me.”
Mr Fitzhenry also appreciated of ICU nurses, who cared him. He stated that “they were very dedicated and professional, and cared me with kindness and consideration all the time”, calling nurses’ names: ‘Han Song E, Yi Ji Mi, Kim Do Hee, Yoon Do Yoon, Kim A Leum’ one by one.
Mr Fitzhenry was grateful to Ms Kang Ji Won, the coordinator, RN as well. He stated that “Ms Kang always assisted my documentation and communication kindly. She is precious asset for Sun Medical Center as well as for foreign patients in Korea like me.
Dr Yoon stated that “I was concerned about doing surgery without Next Of Kin at first when there was no guaranteed result of surgery. However, I am happy now that the surgery is done successfully, and I can contact with Mr Fitzhenry’s family. I wish Mr Fitzhenry fit and well life until see him again”
Mr Fitzhenry is quickly recovering from neck injury in Australia at the moment, and he does hope to see Sun people again.