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Taipei concert honors efforts of selfless Slovenian doctor

TAIPEI--A concert was held in Taipei Sunday to commemorate a Slovenian doctor who devoted himself for many years to serving patients in Taiwan and helping train local doctors and nurses, the organizer said that day.

Janez Janez, who came to Taiwan in 1952 and helped with the construction of Saint Mary's Hospital Luodong in the eastern county of Yilan, spent years practicing until his death in 1990 at the age of 78, said Chen Yong-shing, the hospital's superintendent.

Janez conducted over 80,000 surgeries during his time in Yilan, but refused to receive payment for his services, Chen said, praising the doctor's devotion to his patients.

During his years in Yilan, Janez, a devout Catholic, operated on patients suffering from bone injuries and urological disease, as well as obstetrics and pediatrics.

Chen noted that "he did not return home even when his mother was dying."

"The doctor said he could not help his dying mother, but could save more lives if he stayed in Taiwan," Chen added.

The Luodong Hospital said it has organized annual concerts dedicated to the memory of Janez since 2010.

"We have chosen this way to commemorate Janez, as he loved music," said a hospital staffer. "The doctor liked to listen to music while performing surgery."

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it will grant an award to Janez in recognition of his efforts and contributions.

Janez previously received a medical devotion award presented by the Department of Health in 1998.

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