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On the lighter side: the importance of second opinions (July 19-25)

On the lighter side: the importance of second opinions (July 19-25)

Not all news is bad news. The following is a look at some of the softer stories in Taiwan over the past week that, for whatever reason, did not quite make it to the press in English. *Always get a second opinion* A Taitung man has learned the hard way the importance of getting a second opinion after it turns out the "pulmonary nodes" -- a sign of lung cancer -- found on his X-ray was just the button of his shirt. The United Daily News reported July 19 that the X-ray technician was not properly trained and somehow forgot to ask Mr. Wu, age 50, to take off his shirt before starting the machine, resulting in a 2-3 centimeter mass showing up over one of Wu's lungs in the image. A despondent Wu took time off work to go traveling in an attempt to clear his mind before he started preparing a will. It wasn't until he found the courage to go for a follow-up check that a second doctor explained the abnormality was, in fact, fixed to his clothing. "It's like I've been pulled up to Heaven from Hell," said an enormously relieved Wu, who also described the feeling as a cleansing sauna. *Always get a second appraisal* It may not be terribly surprising to learn that petty thieves don't have the most discerning eye when it comes to fine jewelry. Three teenagers in a rural part of Tainan are accused of holding up a migrant worker using a stun gun and stealing a gold necklace valued at about NT$20,000 (US$667) -- only to toss it away into a gutter because they thought it was fake. The Liberty Times reported July 25 that when the allegedly troublemaking trio used a cigarette lighter to test its purity, they happened to have tested it on a part of the necklace made of gold alloy. It was only days later when apprehended by police that they found out the jewelry they'd casually tossed away was real. Every bit as real, in fact, as the charges of robbery they now face. (By Wesley Holzer)


Updated : 2021-05-16 02:51 GMT+08:00