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Parents name child ‘Taiwan’ as gesture of thanks to medics

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The parents of a baby in Nauru named their child “Taiwan” recently to express their gratitude to the healthcare assistance the country has extended to the Nauruan people, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) said yesterday.

Born with a respiratory ailment at Nauru’s National Hospital, the baby boy was saved by a Taiwanese mobile medical team that was in the country on an 11-day medical service mission, the ICDF said.

The baby was found at birth to be suffering from Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, a respiratory ailment caused by the overdue pregnancy of the mother, an ICDF official said.

With the baby in clear distress and taking 70 to 80 breaths per minute, visiting Taiwanese doctors from the Taichung Veterans General Hospital and the Show Chwan Health Care System operated on the infant and saved its life, the official said.

The team’s mission in the Pacific island country from Nov. 2 to last Wednesday was organized by the ICDF, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinates mobile medical teams to provide free medical services in foreign countries as an extension of the country’s diplomacy.

Meanwhile, the ICDF said another Taiwanese mobile medical team was set to depart for Haiti yesterday, marking the first time an ICDF-organized team would travel to the country to provide medical services.

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