Recently, a heartwarming story went viral about Ding Miaowen, a nurse at the Central Hospital in Zhengzhou, China, who has been drawing cartoons for one of her patients. Ding’s patient, 23-year-old Xiao Hang, broke his leg in a car accident and was undergoing rehabilitation at the hospital. To help him overcome his depression and to encourage him, nurse Ding drew a series of inspiring cartoons.
In August 2016, Xiao sustained a broken leg in a car accident and had to undergo several operations. However, Xiao was determined not to let this turn of events get him down, especially when his grief-stricken parents were visiting. Xiao’s strength and determination moved Ding, who began drawing cartoons to encourage him.
When he wasn’t feeling well or when he became particularly moody, she would draw a cartoon to encourage him and to cheer him up. During Xiao’s four-month stay at the hospital, nurse Ding drew a total of eight cartoons for him.
Ding has always loved drawing and singing, even when she was a child. She also draws cartoons for other patients to encourage them and to assure them that things will get better. She sometimes offers psychological counseling to her patients, especially those who are going through a personal crisis. She finds that drawing is an effective way to help her patients deal with mental, emotional, and physical trauma.
The hospital director posted the cartoons that Ding made for Xiao on the social media site Sina Weibo. However, Ding never expected that they would attract so much attention from netizens.
Translated by Chua, B.C.
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