Back in Tokyo, I am already immersed in a hectic work schedule.
I had a quite stimulating dialogue with Dr. Hisashi Matsumoto, who is a flying doctor on board a "Doctor Heli" helicopter based in Chiba prefecture. Dr. Matsumoto was the guest for "The Professionals" program in NHK.
In the studio, Dr. Matsumoto stressed the importance of outreaching for the medical service. The emergency treatment in a life or death situation is very different from the medical procedures in general. It was intellectually exciting and eventually emotionally rewarding to learn the difficulties and possibilities of emergency medicine.
"You see, we never give up".
Dr. Matsumoto said.
"It is nothing special. It's my job never to give up, to save the patient."
Dr. Matsumoto flies on the helicopter to give emergency treatments more than 600 times a year.
In the NHK Professionals studio. With Dr. Hisashi Matsumoto and Ms. Miki Sumiyohi.