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After completing a full-time medical course in surgery and internal medicine, I practiced medicine in my home country.

Thomas Taban Acott and John Mayen Ruben

Thomas Taban Acott and John Mayen Ruben

(Gimhae = Larose.VIP) Reporter Choi Byeong-gil = Two students from South Sudan, Africa, of the late Father Tae-seok Lee, known for the movie ‘Don’t Cry Tones,’ finally passed the Korean medical specialist qualification exam.

Inje University announced on the 24th that as a result of this year’s 67th specialist qualification examination, 2,727 new specialists were produced, and that priest Lee’s disciples Thomas Taban Akot (hereinafter referred to as Thomas) and John Mayen Ruben (hereinafter referred to as John) were among those who passed. .

Thomas and John, who set out on the path to becoming doctors in Korea at the recommendation of Father Lee, began their studies with the help of the Sudan Children’s Scholarship Foundation in 2009.

Not long after they arrived in Korea, Father Lee died of colon cancer.

However, the two continued to focus on their studies in order to continue Father Lee’s spirit and dream of returning to their home country as doctors, and in 2012, they entered Inje University School of Medicine, Father Lee’s alma mater.

Thomas and John, who studied language and medicine diligently in a foreign country, passed the 83rd and 84th national medical exams, respectively, and became doctors.

Afterwards, he completed his internship training at Inje University Busan Paik Hospital, Thomas received residency training at Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital’s Department of Surgery, and John received residency training at Inje University Busan Paik Hospital’s Department of Internal Medicine, passing the specialist exam this year.

The reason the two chose surgery and internal medicine was with medical activities in their home country, South Sudan, in mind.

South Sudan has suffered years of civil war, leaving many people without access to adequate medical services.

Thomas, who chose surgery, said, “There are a lot of people dying in South Sudan because they cannot get surgery quickly for simple acute appendicitis or cholecystitis due to a shortage of surgeons, so I chose surgery to help.”

John, who chose internal medicine, also said, “Ever since I was young, I have seen many people suffering from civil war and lack of medical treatment in environments without doctors. Most of them are internal medicine diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and infectious diseases, so I chose this path.” He said.

They all agree that they want to return to their hometown, Tonj, South Sudan, and practice the ninjutsu skills that this priest was unable to master.

The two expressed their feelings, saying, “Everything that helped me learn about Korea and become a doctor through medical studies is thanks to Father Lee. I am also grateful to the faculty and staff at Inje University Paik Hospital who helped me complete my residency training without difficulty.” .

In order to gain more experience as surgeons and internal medicine doctors, the two decided to return to South Sudan after completing full-time medical courses at each hospital and focus on medical activities and training junior doctors.

Meanwhile, Father Lee Tae-seok graduated from Inje University College of Medicine in 1987 and became a doctor.

After joining the Salesian Society and choosing to become a priest, he moved to Tonj, a remote area in South Sudan, Africa, in 2001, built a 12-bed hospital, school, and dormitory, and conducted relief, medical, and missionary work. In 2010, at the age of 48, due to colon cancer. passed away.

choi21@yna.co.kr

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