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成都- 第二天, 六月十三日
记者: Christina Stevens, 编译: 加拿大中国地震灾区采访队编辑部
下一站是华西医院，这医院最初的时候一次过接下2700名地震幸存者。一时间有这么多的人涌到一所医院求助，情况是难以想象的。目前其它人都转送至四川省的其它医院，只留下300名伤者留在这里。在深切治疗部，我们碰见3岁的Xin Yi Liu，她的父母开心到不得了，原因是这一个月来，她终于开口说第一句话了。她的主诊医生说，家乡在地震中受严重破坏，加上她受了重伤，这极大的创伤令她失去语言能力。直至昨天，她终于开口叫一声＂妈妈＂，这就带来了妈妈脸上灿烂的笑容。她的肝脏及头部因地震所受之伤害，正开始复元，如今她的情绪亦开始逐步痊愈。
Christina Stevens In the Quake Zone
Blog from China's Ravaged Earthquake Zone
Published: Friday, June 13, 2008
Global News reporter Christina Stevens will be spending 8 Days in China gathering elements for a special series on the relief efforts inside the earthquake zone.
From June 12-20, Christina will be blogging her trip below.
Then watch her reports the following week on the News Hour at 6.
For more information on how you can donate to the earthquake relief funds click here.
Friday Night, June 13th
An exhausting, emotional day and to think we aren't even in the heart of the quake zone yet! The first stop of the day was to a government office to get special passes so we will be able to get past check points in the quake zone. Hopefully it will mean no problems when we head out with the red cross in the morning.
Next up, the West China Hospital, which initially dealt with 2700 quake survivors. Imagine that many people showing up at one hospital in need of help. All but 300 have since been transferred to other provincial hospitals. In the ICU we met 3 year old Xin Yi Liu. Her parents are in a celebratory mood as she has finally spoke for the first time in a month. Her doctor says the trauma of being seriously injured in the quake that devastated her home town had left her literally speechless, until yesterday. That's when she finally called out "Ma ma"... Bringing a huge smile to her mother's face. The healing of her physical injuries to her liver and head had already begun, now finally, her emotional recovery was beginning as well.
Children like Yi Liu are the reason Toronto psychiatrist Jianhua Shen and his colleague Joseph Song-Qiu Shan came here. Both have left busy lives in Canada to dedicate their time to the mental well-being of quake survivors. They say in the rush to fix the physical injuries, the mental injuries can be overlooked. Shan says many of the children he has talked to are living in fear. He says his first job has been to simply listen to their stories and let them know people are there for them. Dr. Shen doesn't hesitate when asked about what child left the greatest impression on him. "One little girl, I asked her what her favourite shape was, she said a circle. I told her that was my favourite shape too, and asked her why she liked it. She said because a circle is round, it has no sides so can't hurt anyone." He says that conversation will stay with him forever.
Before Shen and Shan head back to Toronto they are hoping to help local doctors with a long term plan to make ensure the emotional recovery of quake survivors. Shen says the priority is to help the children. He says because many families have only one child, their lives revolve around the child. So if the child is happy, the entire family will be happy.
Meanwhile, it seems Xin Yi is going to be one of the success stories. Her mother recounts how neighbours and strangers leapt in to help, carrying the toddler to the next town by hand, over roads that had been destroyed in the quake. Since then she and her husband have been anxiously watching the little girl's recovery. Much of their anxiety finally floating away with two simple syllables, "Ma ma."
Midnight Thurs June 12th (almost Friday morning)
In rapid fire Mandarin our driver describes what the aftershocks this week felt like in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. His hands make a gesture like waves. After 24 hours of travel, we have just landed in this city. Intact, it's only about two hours drive from areas utterly devastated by the earthquake which struck exactly one month ago. That is where we plan to go tomorrow. I am travelling with two Canadian newspaper journalists, one from an English paper, the other from a Chinese publication in Montreal.
In the small part of Chengdu we have driven through, life appears relatively normal, but I worry about what we will see when we head into the heart of the zone. The official Chinese death toll now stands at 69 146 people, with hundreds of thousands of others injured, and some still listed as missing. The numbers are incomprehensible and aid is just beginning to reach some of the most remote villages. How can any one person make a difference in the face of that? That is what I am hoping to find out. I will be meeting with Ontarians on the ground, who have volunteered their time and risked their lives to help. I will also be able to see where money donated by Canadians to numerous charities is actually being spent, whose lives it is touching.
The first challenge will be getting to those areas. We are told there are numerous checkpoints and some villages are completely prohibited. Our first stop will be a government office in hopes of getting passes allowing us access past the checkpoints. Hopefully, that will happen quickly. I am optimistic, given the reception we have received in Chengdu, where they thank us for coming, pleased that foreign journalists are interested in what is happening to the people of Sichuan now. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
- Christina Stevens
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