Doctor saves man who paid for her medical school 11 years ago
Tan Zhenghua lost consciousness during a meeting last month. Doctors later diagnosed him with a brain aneurysm, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain balloons.
"The doctor said I was bleeding internally and I could lose my life if the situation is not under control," Tan recalled.
Fortunately, Yan Ling — the woman Tan whom helped over a decade ago and is now an optometrist — recognized his name when she learned that he would be transferred to her hospital.
Yan and her husband helped Tan process the necessary paperwork and walked him through the admission process. Tan then underwent two hours of emergency treatment and learned that he would, luckily, not need surgery.
Yan and Tan reportedly met by chance in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, according to reports. Yan's home had been destroyed, and her family was forced to live with a neighbor. Tan, who was struck by Yan's character, purportedly gave her his number and told her to give him a call after she graduated high school.
Once Yan finished her secondary education, her father, who was disabled, reached out to Tan and asked him to mentor his daughter. Under Tan's advice, Yan enrolled in North Sichuan Medical College, where Tan covered the tuition costs for her first year. He supposedly helped pay for the education of Yan's younger sisters as well.
"Eleven years ago, I put her through medical school," Tan said. "Eleven years later, she saved my life! I shared this story because I want to motivate others to spread kindness!"