Nurse saves 2-yr-old boy with high fever at train station | Updated: 2024-02-20 11:32
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A picture of Zhu Xiaoming donating blood. [Photo/People's Daily]

A nurse named Zhu Xiaoming treated a 2-year-old boy with a fever of 40.2 C along with other medical workers at the Wuhan high-speed railway station in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, during the Spring Festival travel rush, People's Daily reported.

At around 6:00 pm on Feb 13, Zhu was waiting for a train at the station with her daughter when she suddenly heard an emergency in-station broadcast seeking medical workers for help.

Upon hearing it, Zhu promptly grabbed the first-aid kit that she always brings with her when going out and headed to the B2 ticket gate following the broadcast.

Zhu is the head nurse of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the Huangpu section of Zhongshan City People's Hospital in Zhongshan, Guangdong province.

At the gate, Zhu saw a boy with a fever of 40.2 C, his face red, teeth clenched and limbs twitching, accompanied by his mother. They were from Luohe, Henan province, and had originally planned to visit their relatives in Yueyang, Hunan province. However, they had to get off in Wuhan due to the child's sudden sickness.

Immediately, Zhu positioned the boy properly and cleared secretions and food remains in his mouth to prevent him from biting his tongue. Then, she gently massaged his philtrum and Yongquan acupoint and instructed the mother to apply a moist compress to the boy's head to cool him.

Another four medical workers joined Zhu in the rescue. Through everyone's effort, the boy finally regained consciousness, relieving Zhu and others of their anxiety.

Zhu administered the febrifuge ibuprofen suspension to the child following instructions from a pediatrician on the scene. Meanwhile, another nurse who came to help brought the boy some warm water to take the medicine.

A picture of Zhu Xiaoming's first-aid kit she always brings with her when going out. [Photo/People's Daily]

As the child improved, other people left to catch the train, yet Zhu still stayed to continue physically cooling the child, and explained some points of note to the mother.

After more than 30 minutes, the boy's temperature lowered to 37.9 C and the ambulance arrived. After explaining the situation to the first-aid personnel, Zhu returned to the waiting room.

Zhu shared details of this incident on her Wechat Moments after she arrived in Zhongshan, Guangdong province. She also reminded people not to travel when sick and to carry essential medicines with themselves in the post.

This is not the first time Zhu has lent a hand to people in trouble. She already has three similar experiences, saving people on her journey in 2003, 2015 and 2023. During her 20-year career as a nurse, she has participated in 18 unpaid blood donations and more than 100 volunteer activities.

Zhu said, stepping forward when patients are in need is not only driven by the instinct of the profession but also by the compassionate hearts cherished by many medical workers. She believes that any medical staff would act the same in the similar situation.

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