Friday, May 23, 2008

Jiang Xiaojuan, Hero

Here is a feel good story of sorts out of China. A young woman (!) police officer (!) who has a 6 month old boy felt that her duty as an officer, and as a mother compelled her to nurse babies either separated from their parents, orphaned, or whose mothers were unable to nurse their own babies. CNN has the story. At one point, this woman was nursing 9 babies (her own child was with her relatives in a neighbouring town). A couple of mothers milk dried up with the trauma of the quake and thank this woman, Jiang Xiaojuan, for saving their infants. She also took on orphans who have since been moved to an orphanage. I can't help but think how wonderful it would have felt to be in the midst of all this devastation and to be able to do something that had such an immediate impact, a definite beneficial role with instant gratification (and instant feedback, pun intended).

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