n London has helped set up links between Surrey and Liaoning provinc
e and, in February this year, the mayor of Shenyang paid us a visit, where under
standing was built about mutual opportunities, since when I have also been there,” Samuels said.
As the gateway to the industrial heartland of northeast China, Liao
ning has huge commercial market potential, with more than 109 million customers, and S
amuels believes Surrey has a headstart on some other regions because of its existing connections.
“The vice-chancellor of Surrey University, Professor Max Lu, is a graduate of
North Eastern University in Shenyang, and retains strong alumni links. My visit there helped strengthen e
xisting connections between the two institutions, and I’m hopeful thi
s will lead to greater mutual understanding and tangiblebenefits in the months to come.”
st year, increasing from 21 surgeries in 2000, the first year he returned to Zhengzhou from Australia, he said.
Cheng hoped the schematic diagrams could make a contribution for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the future.
Besides his persistence on drawing the schematic diagrams, he also keeps improving techniques for his surgeries.
He has been using the 8-0 sutures, the most delicate and fine surg
ical stitches for heart surgeries, ever since he came back to the hospital in 2000.
“For the anastomosis (or connection) of tiny coronary blood vessel in heart surgery, th
e 8-0 sutures can maintain better blood flow to the heart compared with other size of threads,” Cheng said.
This is a challenge for a surgeon because he has to be very gentle in the process when co
nnecting the blood vessels of 1.5-2.0mm with this kind of fine sutures, either not too loose or not too tight.
Cheng is one of the five surgeons who use this technique in almost every case of coronary bypass operation in China, according to Dahe Daily.