Despite deafness, Jilin man finds way to communicate

By LIU MINGTAI in Changchun and ZHOU HUIYING | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2022-08-25 09:07
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Volunteer Fei Jincheng pushes a woman in a wheelchair to a nucleic acid test in Ziqiang community in  Changchun, Jilin province, in March. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Despite having some trouble communicating with others, Fei Jincheng has been volunteer ever since he became a member of the Changchun Blue Sky Rescue Team last winter.

Born in Jilin province's Dehui city in 1997, Fei has lived in a world of silence since he was 5, when medicine he was taking caused irreparable damage to his hearing.

With the help of a hearing aid, he now understands other people by reading their lips.

In 2020, he went to the provincial capital, Changchun, in search of opportunities to earn more money.

"It was not easy for me to find a good job due to my hearing impairment. However, I was very lucky to meet Pei Zhiyong, manager of the transfer center at J&T Express Company," he said.

"When he found out about me, he gave me the chance to work maintaining equipment at the center, like the package sorting machines and the electrical system. Also, he gave me lots of help in both work and daily life."

From then on, Fei decided to try his best to help other people in need and to repay society.

In November, he joined the Blue Sky Rescue Team, an NGO founded in 2008 that helps people affected by natural disasters.

"I had known about them for several years and hoped to become a member," he said. "A friend in Changchun helped me get in touch with the rescue team last year. Fortunately, I passed evaluation and became a member. During the training courses, I learned lots about things like water rescues and first aid."

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