17 May '11, 3am

Doctors defy radiation woes in Japan's Fukushima: FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan: When other doctors fled, 72-year old Ky...

FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan: When other doctors fled, 72-year old Kyohei Takahashi stayed, and hundreds of patients in the tsunami-hit Japanese town of Minamisoma near a crippled nuclear plant will never forget. Dr. Takahashi has defied radiation fears and worked gruelling hours for the past nine weeks to do what he considers his duty. "As a doctor, I thought, I shouldn't retreat," he said. "I told myself: who will do it if I don't?" Takahashi says he decided to keep his clinic open when other doctors closed shop and fled after the Fukushima nuclear power plant, just 25 kilometres (16 miles) south of Minamisoma, was crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami. "It was utter panic," the doctor recalled. "The telephones didn't work, the shops were closed, people had disappeared and no hospitals were open except this one. The city was completely dead." Takahashi, who specialises in ...

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