In 2013, Wu KunYin aged 28, survived a car wreck with a brain trauma, which paralyzed his left arm and his feet. A dust-covered piano in the hospital aroused Mr. Wu’s passion for music. He started to play the piano using one finger as a way of rehabilitation. He constantly played to gain his health back and became a musical volunteer to perform in various hospitals of Taitung County in the southeast part of Taiwan. In 2017, Mr. Wu turned his hobby into a profession by becoming a music teacher. He said: “I enjoy cheering up society with piano compositions.”
According to Liberty Times, a Taiwanese newspaper, on Christmas Eve of 2013, a car accident put Mr. Wu into coma for one month. His life was saved by many surgeries on his brain. After that, he required a lengthy rehabilitation process. His mother exhausted all her efforts to look after him. Though he loved music very much, playing the piano was not the driving force of rehabilitation for Mr. Wu until he touched the piano that was located in the hall of the hospital.
Mr. Wu started playing with one finger on his left hand on his paralyzed arm. Through the soothing sound of music and the constant stretching of his fingers, his hands became flexible. Now photos of him playing the piano can be seen at many hospitals, like the National Taitung Hospital, Mackay Memorial Hospital Taitung Branch, Taitung Christian Hospital, and the Pharmaceutics Organization of Taitung County. In 2017, Mr. Wu began teaching music at Chinese Church and Organization with a full daily schedule for students ranging from the second year of primary school to 65-year-old elders.
On the morning of October 29, 2018, at the invitation of Mackay Memorial Hospital, Mr. Wu played a number of compositions at the square on the first floor of the hospital. He also delivered a speech to share his story. He believes that faith is the most crucial element for patients undergoing rehabilitation. He said that his 5-year endeavors after the car accident not only inspired him to play the piano fluently, he can also walk 100 yards with the help of crutches. His goal is to walk normally.
Translated by Jean Chen