Providing assistance to Canadian pair figure skating athletes who collided with the Italian team during training will be an unforgettable experience for Shanghai doctor Lin Yi, who is a volunteer doctor at the Winter Olympics. of 2022 in Beijing.
“Our team members rushed towards them as soon as they crashed,” Lin said.
“After the treatment, the athletes successfully completed the competition.”
This is just a glimpse of the work done by the volunteer doctors in the Olympic stadiums in Beijing.
Including Lin, a total of three cardiologists from Shanghai DeltaHealth Hospital, are now serving as medical volunteers at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Lin is a thoracic surgeon, who is also a big fan of winter sports games.
The medical support work for the winter games has been separated into two parts, inside and outside the closed circuit areas.
He now takes the shift inside the National Indoor Stadium, which is primarily for figure skating athletes.
Dr. Huang Shixuan, originally from Taiwan, was assigned to provide medical services outside of the closed-loop system.
“Our main job is to provide medical assistance to staff members and spectators at Wukesong Sports Center during the winter games season,” Huang said. “So far, no serious injuries have occurred.”
He said that during his shift, only minor cases such as headaches, dizziness and skin lesions occurred.
Born in Taiwan and spent his childhood there, Huang enrolled at Peking University Health Science Center in 2006, then was recruited to Fudan University Shanghai Medical College in 2013 for studies in Third cycle. He now works as a cardiologist at DeltaHealth Hospital.
The medical teams on site are made up of doctors and nurses from different specialties.
“The medical team was fully prepared before the start of the Winter Games,” added Dr Lin. “We arrived in Beijing on January 13 and arrived at the competition venues on January 23.”
They completed online training courses and a 10-day on-site exercise before the start of the Winter Games.
Lang Qun, a 1990s graduate and the youngest of the three, is also a member of the National Indoor Stadium’s closed-loop internal staff. He supported a positive COVID-19 case transfer.
The COVID-19 situation has also brought more hardship to everyone contributing to the event, for the three doctors this means more nucleic acid testing.
Lang and Lin have to take a nucleic acid test every day, while Huang has to take the test every other day.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the three doctors did not attend meetings with their families during the Spring Festival season.
“Serving in the Olympics is a rare opportunity for me, as Beijing is the only city in the world to have hosted both Summer and Winter Olympics,” Lin said. “I’m so honored to be part of the team because I witnessed China’s ability to put on such an event.”
Huang added, “I used to study in Beijing, and it’s really good to come back as an Olympic medical volunteer. I can see that our country has achieved a lot of internationalization.”