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Pediatrician’s Life Isn’t Child’s Play

Li Long, a senior pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of the Capital Institute of Pediatrics, a top pediatric facility in Beijing, is mobbed by a group of anxious parents seeking his advice as he emerges from an operating room on March 12.
Li Long, a senior pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of the Capital Institute of Pediatrics, a top pediatric facility in Beijing, is mobbed by a group of anxious parents seeking his advice as he emerges from an operating room on March 12.

Li Long arrived in his hometown of Anshan, in the northeastern province of Liaoning, around 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 — the eve of the Lunar New Year — for an annual reunion with his family.

But Li, a veteran surgeon with Children’s Hospital of the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in Beijing, was already on his way back to the Chinese capital early the following morning after he received an urgent call that emergency surgery was necessary for a baby born with a life-threatening pulmonary tumor.

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