17 May '11, 5am

Japanese doctor keeps Fukushima clinic open to treat patients, despite radiation fears

Japanese doctor keeps Fukushima clinic open to treat patients, despite radiation fears

A doctor from Fukushima Medical University checks the condition of an evacuee's health at a shelter in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, north-eastern Japan. -- PHOTO: AP 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?' Dr Takahashi says he decided to keep his clinic open when other doctors closed shop and fled after the Fukushima nuclear power plant, just 25km south of Minamisoma, was crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami. 'It was utter panic,' the doctor recalled. 'The telephones didn't work, th...

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