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Abdominal pain reunites siblings after 28 years
流浪二十八年 腹痛就醫姊弟重逢

An anonymous elderly woman’s stomach is shown in this undated photograph.
這張未標示日期的照片,是一位不知名阿嬤的肚子。

Photo courtesy of Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation
照片由婦女救援基金會提供

A 56-year-old woman from Miaoli County, surnamed Liao, who did not have any medical insurance was unable to pay her medical fees exceeding NT$10,000. The hospital called the police to handle the matter, which led to her being reunited with two younger brothers she had not seen for 28 years.

Liao eloped after having a falling out with her parents over a marriage her parents were against. She later divorced her husband after he subjected her to domestic violence, and felt too ashamed to return home. She then became a volunteer at a temple where she could eat and repent. She was reunited with her relatives after fainting and being sent to Cheng Ching Hospital’s Pingdeng Branch. Her younger brothers agreed to sign the forms allowing her to be operated on for a disease in her large intestine and also to pay her medical fees so she could receive medical care.

The police said that on Dec. 2 the hospital told them Liao had abdominal pains, and that after checking her they found she needed immediate surgery. As Liao did not have medical insurance, they urgently needed to locate a family member to sign a form of consent. The police were to help in the search, but Liao had given them a false name, so the police could not find any data on her. After some gentle persuasion, Liao finally told them she had not returned home in over 20 years, that she had fainted several days before in the temple due to stomach pains, and that a fellow volunteer had taken her to the hospital.

Liao eventually wrote down her real name. When the police were able to find her household registration information, they discovered that she had two younger brothers. The brothers said that their parents had already passed away, and that when their sister left home, they thought she had already died. Everyone was very happy to be reunited.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. reunite v.

團圓 (tuan2 yuan2)

例: The war kept them from ever being reunited.

(戰爭致使他們永難團圓。)

2. domestic violence n. phr.

家暴 (jia1 bao4)

例: The police station said they received over 20 calls about domestic violence last week.

(警方表示上週接獲超過二十通家暴相關來電。)

3. repent v.

懺悔 (chan4 hui3)

例: The priest asked the old man if he had ever repented for his sins.

(神父問了老者他是否曾經懺悔過他的罪惡。)


苗栗縣五十六歲廖姓婦人沒健保又繳不出上萬元醫藥費,醫院報警處理,反而促成她與二十八年沒見的兩個弟弟團圓!

廖婦因父母反對婚姻,與家人鬧翻而私奔,婚後丈夫家暴離婚,自覺沒臉回家,窩居廟宇當義工混飯吃及懺悔。此次暈倒被送到澄清醫院平等院區就診,才與親人會面,弟弟同意簽署大腸疾病手術同意書及支付醫藥費,讓她安心就醫。

警方指出,二日醫院指稱,廖婦肚子痛就醫,檢查後須立即開刀,但她沒有健保,急需找到親屬簽署手術同意書,報由警方協尋,但她謊報姓名,警方初步查無資料,警員柔性勸導,她才說出二十幾年沒回家,幾天前因肚子痛,在廟宇暈倒,被其他義工送到醫院就醫。

廖婦後來寫下真實姓名,警方找到戶籍資料發現,她有兩個弟弟,弟弟說,父母已經歸天了,當年姊姊離家,家人都以為她死了,這次姊弟重逢,大家都很高興。

(自由時報記者楊政郡)

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