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开胸验肺 (kāi xiōng yàn fèi): thoracotomy (open chest to inspect lungs)
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开胸验肺 (kāixiōng yànfèi): thoracotomy[[File:Lung.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''The Occupational Illness and Prevention Center insists, “What needs to be made clear is that our initial diagnosis was not tuberculosis.” ([http://news.163.com/09/0717/12/5EE35ODN0001124J.html NetEase])'']]
  
This medical procedure was immortalized in internet discourse after Zhang Haichao underwent the procedure to prove that he had lung cancer. Before undergoing the procedure, Zhang Haichao had been diagnosed by a number of hospitals with a form of lung cancer called pneumoconiosis. The condition was caused by Zhang’s employment at an abrasive materials factory near Zhengzhou. In order to receive worker’s compensation, Zhang needed to receive a diagnosis from “the legally designated vocational illness hospital” (法定的职业病诊断机构). However, this hospital at first refused to issue any diagnosis, and only under pressure issued the diagnosis of “tuberculosis,” which was clearly incorrect. Zhang spent two years petitioning the government and finally underwent an invasive surgery called thoracotomy to prove his condition. After an outpouring of online support, Zhang was awarded 615,000 RMB in workers compensation.
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Incision into the chest cavity in preparation for lung surgery. This [http://ceaccp.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/2/56.full painful procedure] was immortalized in Chinese Internet discourse in 2009, when migrant worker Zhang Haichao underwent surgery to prove that he had a serious lung disease.  
  
The case garnered much attention concerning workers’ rights and workers' compensation. See here [EN] and here [CN].
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Before the procedure, Zhang Haichao had received numerous diagnoses of the lung disease pneumoconiosis. The condition, generally considered an occupational disease, was caused by Zhang’s employment at an abrasive materials factory near Zhengzhou, Henan. In order to receive worker’s compensation, Zhang needed to receive a diagnosis from a “legally designated occupational illness hospital” (法定的职业病诊断机构)—an institute that first refused to issue any diagnosis, and only under pressure incorrectly diagnosed Zhang with tuberculosis.  
  
[[File:Lung.jpg|439px|thumb|left|The occupational illness and prevention center is shown waving its hands defensively saying, "What needs to be made clear is that our initial diagnosis was not tuberculosis." On the ground is a paper that states, "Diagnosis: tuberculosis." The banner in the background states, "thoracotomy" under which a doctor stands holding a scalpel and something that looks like an X-ray result.]]
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Zhang spent two years petitioning the government and finally underwent the thoracotomy to prove his condition. After an outpouring of online support, [https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/09/migrant-worker-receives-615000-yuan-compensation-for-occupational-disease/ Zhang was awarded RMB 615,000 in workers compensation].
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The case garnered attention for issues concerning workers’ rights in China, as [http://www.clb.org.hk/en/node/100533 documented by the China Labour Bulletin].
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Latest revision as of 20:30, 2 February 2021

开胸验肺 (kāixiōng yànfèi): thoracotomy

The Occupational Illness and Prevention Center insists, “What needs to be made clear is that our initial diagnosis was not tuberculosis.” (NetEase)

Incision into the chest cavity in preparation for lung surgery. This painful procedure was immortalized in Chinese Internet discourse in 2009, when migrant worker Zhang Haichao underwent surgery to prove that he had a serious lung disease.

Before the procedure, Zhang Haichao had received numerous diagnoses of the lung disease pneumoconiosis. The condition, generally considered an occupational disease, was caused by Zhang’s employment at an abrasive materials factory near Zhengzhou, Henan. In order to receive worker’s compensation, Zhang needed to receive a diagnosis from a “legally designated occupational illness hospital” (法定的职业病诊断机构)—an institute that first refused to issue any diagnosis, and only under pressure incorrectly diagnosed Zhang with tuberculosis.

Zhang spent two years petitioning the government and finally underwent the thoracotomy to prove his condition. After an outpouring of online support, Zhang was awarded RMB 615,000 in workers compensation.

The case garnered attention for issues concerning workers’ rights in China, as documented by the China Labour Bulletin.