Dr. Sanghyun Kim from the Kyunggi Province of Korea knew he wanted to be a doctor since elementary school.
His mother suffered from peritonitis, a potentially dangerous inflammation of the abdominal lining, and didn't have a high chance of survival. However, after undergoing surgery, she fully recovered and regained her normal life. Dr. Kim remembers being amazed and thinking to himself, "this is what a doctor is - a person who heals. Doctors save lives."
Dr. Kim has been practicing as a medical doctor for 20 years, saving many lives of his own. He has done everything from treating patients with temporary paralysis to removing tumors from spines. He says his greatest sense of fulfillment comes from his patients' gratitude.
The greatest moment is when a patient wakes up from the anesthesia, holds my hands and says 'thank you.' The moment I hear it, every time, I am satisfied with my job.
Dr. Sanghyun Kim, Neurosurgeon at Ajou University Hospital, Korea
"The greatest moment is when a patient wakes up from the anesthesia, holds my hands and says 'thank you.' They say it despite the pain they are in. The moment I hear it, every time, I am satisfied with my job."
Dr. Kim regularly uses certain Baxter products in the surgeries he performs. Baxter's broad surgical care portfolio includes several biologics and devices to help surgeons address bleeding and seal wounds in surgery to advance surgical care. The company's products provide speed and consistency and are easy to use.
With the help of Baxter products, Dr. Kim can continue to fulfill his childhood dream of saving lives, while reaping the rewards of witnessing the impact he has on his patients.
“I’ve dedicated nearly 100 percent of my life to caring for patients. That is the delight in my life.”