Jul 28, 2018 Medical & Health Care Comments Off on Kinmen doctor plans to build free hospital in Belize
Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Liu Chao-hui (???), a survivor of the TransAsia Airways crash in Taipei three years ago, who currently practices medicine in Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County, said recently that he plans to build a hospital named "Angel Lisa" in Belize to provide free medical care to local residents.
Liu made the decision after visiting the Central American nation in June, as part of a charity medical mission initiated by his oldest daughter Liu Jui-chi (???) and son-in-law Tao Te-chi (???), he said.
Liu said the future hospital will be named after his youngest daughter Lisa (???) who died from cancer at the age of 18 and always wanted to be a doctor as a young child.
"Belize was love at first sight," he said, recalling the moment he arrived in the country with his daughter and the medical team made up of medical volunteers from Taiwan and the United States.
Liu said the idea for a hospital was first conceived when he met visiting Belize Health Minister Pablo Marin in Taipei in April, when they discussed the possibility of building a hospital to serve the needy in southern Belize, which is generally regarded as one of the poorer regions in the country.
An empty plot of land has already been allocated, but what remains to be resolved is the funding, Liu said.
It takes about US$9 million to build a hospital, he said, adding that he hopes to raise enough funds through charity groups in Taiwan and his own personal contributions.
The hospital will serve the local residents free of charge, he added.
"And should I be unable to accomplish this dream in my lifetime, I hope later generations of my family will strive to keep my daughter's spirit alive," he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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