A concert was held in Taipei on Sunday to commemorate a Slovenian doctor who devoted himself for many years to serving patients in Taiwan and helping train doctors and nurses.
Janez Janez, who came to Taiwan in 1952 and helped with the construction of Saint Mary’s Hospital Luodong in Yilan County, spent years practicing until his death in 1990 at the age of 78, hospital superintendent Chen Yong-shing (陳永興) said.
Janez conducted more than 80,000 surgeries during his time in Yilan, but refused to be paid for his services, Chen said, praising the doctor’s devotion to his patients.
During his years in Yilan, Janez, a devout Catholic, operated on patients suffering from bone injuries and urological disease, as well as obstetrics and pediatrics.
“He did not return home even when his mother was dying,” Chen said.
“The doctor said he could not help his dying mother, but could save more lives if he stayed in Taiwan,” Chen added.
The Luodong Hospital said it has organized annual concerts dedicated to the memory of Janez since 2010.
“We have chosen this way to commemorate Janez, as he loved music,” a hospital staff member said. “The doctor liked to listen to music while performing surgery.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would grant a posthumous award to Janez in recognition of his efforts and contributions to the country.
In 1998 Janez received a medical devotion award from the Department of Health.
In addition to commemorating Janez, Sunday’s concert was also aimed at raising funds for the construction of a medical center for the elderly within Luodong Hospital.
Citing the large population of senior citizens in Yilan, Chen said the facility was necessary to ensure better medical provision.