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Doctor options to serve in China


Published on: February 18, 2020 | Updated on: February 18, 2020

In this handout photo provided by the ITBP, people who were airlifted from Wuhan following outbreak of the deadly novel cornavirus, stand in a queue to collect release certificates before leaving from the quarantine facility at Chhawla in New Delhi on Tuesday, (Photo: PTI)

CHENNAI: A young plastic surgeon hailing from India had two options before him when the deadly novel coronavirus broke out in China last month. One was to return to his country or stay back and treat COVID-19 hit patients in China, which amounts to waging a battle against coronavirus. As a doctor, he chose the second option.

A video showing Amish Vyas treating patients in the hospital in China went viral on social media. The video published by ‘China Global Television Network’ television channel stated that a courageous doctor decided to stay in China and provide treatment to victims of the novel coronavirus outbreak, instead of returning back to his country, even after pressure from his mother to come home.

Amish Vyas, a native of Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, is currently living in Hangzhou in Southeast China, with his wife and daughter, and works at a quarantine camp for suspected coronavirus pati-ents. Vyas studied medicine in China, and works as a plastic surgeon, and has been living in Hangzhou since 2014.

In the video, Amish Vyas said, "As a doctor I am not afraid of any infection. Only thing I would like to say to my fellow physicians and surgeons is that we are all one team, and just keep doing what you are doing. We are all together. We are one team all over the world."

In the same video, his mother, Kavitha Vyas, said "I talk to my son every day. But there is nothing I can do. I am in dilemma now. But it’s my son’s passion."