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Hospital performances help patients

Update: April, 24/2016 - 09:00
Power of music: A singer exchanges with a young patient during a show as part of the "Bringing music to hospitals" project. -- VNS Photo Minh Thu
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People go to hospital to be treated for illnesses and are given medicine.

However, it also helps them if someone makes them happy.

Artists are doing that by visiting hospitals and giving patients special performances.

They do not do it for the money. Rather, they do it to make people’s lives happier. Minh Thu reports.

A great song should lift your heart, warm your soul and make you feel good. Aware of this fact, artists have joined hands to organise musical performances at hospitals.

Launched in 2011, the project, “Bringing music to hospitals”, aims to promote music as a tool to reduce patients’ pain and relieve stress among medical staff.

The programme also includes a talk show, magic show and comedy acts with the same aim: to bring smiles and offer patients a reprieve from their difficulties and pain.

Comedian Trà My spent four years taking care of her husband, a cancer patient. That’s why she sympathised with the pain and anxiety felt by patients and their families. My is one of the most enthusiastic artists who perform at hospitals.

“When the organiser invites me, I always try to participate even if I have to cancel other work,” said My.

“The programme is very meaningful in that it brings joy to patients and medical staff, a special audience who is suffering pain and pressure.”

For bedridden patients who can’t attend the show, the artists come to their rooms and entertain them.

“Without musical instruments or an orchestra, we still sing, and our sincerity touches patients’ hearts,” My said.

She witnessed a moving experience at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Hà Nội involving an old man who was bed-ridden and had nearly lost his ability to speak. When the artists came to his room, the man surprised everyone by asking the singer to perform his favourite song. The singer didn’t know it by heart, but a nurse did, so they sang it together.

“That day all the doctors acknowledged the power of music,” My said.

My and her partners, including Vượng Râu, Chiến Thắng and Xuân Bắc, bring smiles and cheer to patients and staff through comedy. Visiting each hospital, they try to perform a play in which the content is suitable to the hospital’s function and patient’s situation.

“We expect the audience may find a part of them in our shows, then they can laugh at even bad situations and the trouble becomes easier,” My said. 

During a show at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in March, My played the role of a pregnant woman and Vượng Râu played a clumsy husband bringing his wife to the hospital to give birth.  

The project is also expected to serve as a bridge between the community and the health sector. It raises funds and support from organisations and communities.

All artists participating in the shows forego payment except for a small allowance for transportation and meals.

Singer Việt Tú said sometimes people ask him if he earns a lot from the shows because he has performed at the hospitals so many times.

“The question sounds indecent to me,” he said.

“We all know that it’s a charitable project so the artists never ask the organiser for money. The allowance is often put into the donation box as we want to contribute to the project.”

Singer Thái Thùy Linh, who initiated the project, said they don’t consider it performing. Instead, they bring music to hospitals in exchange for rare smiles.

“The programme has been a useful treatment for patients, their relatives and doctors,” she said.

"During the programme, we have seen many doctors put money in our donation box for their patients. People sitting in wheelchairs, walking on crutches and hooked up to intravenous drips also donate small amounts. They want to help people who are in worse conditions than them.”

At the end of the programme, the organiser donates all the money collected to underprivileged inpatients at the hospital.

“Some patients cried when they came to the stage to collect money donated by people in the same miserable situations. I believe they were tears of joy, sympathy and sharing," said Linh.

Dương Thị Minh Thu, head of the Social Work Department under the National Hospital of Children, said the department was founded in 2008. At that time singer Linh visited the hospital many times and worked with doctors to support poor patients.

When the “bringing music to hospital” programme was initiated, she convinced many more artists to come and entertain the patients.

“Working at the hospital, we witness many heartbreaking situations. Parents bring their children with serious illnesses; many of them come from remote areas and are very poor,” said Thu.

“The collection partly helps reduce the difficulty of the patients,” Thu said. “We are very moved as the singers perform and cry with our patients. This project is really humanitarian and should be spread elsewhere.”

Since its inauguration, the project has organised 150 concerts at hospitals across the country. What started as a mere idea has now turned into a successful programme, with more and more artists participating and performing for free, from leading pop stars like Mỹ Linh, Mỹ Lệ and Uyên Linh, to young talents such as Vũ Hương Giang, who recently became famous for her performances of traditional music at Việt Nam’s Got Talent this year.

The Ministry of Health, the Việt Nam Union of Youth and enterprises have also supported the project.

There are four shows organised in April to celebrate South Việt Nam Liberation Day. The schedule can be viewed on the programme’s Facebook page.

This year, the organiser will hold 20 shows in Hà Nội, 10 in HCM City and nine in provinces across the country such as Lâm Đồng, Long An, Đồng Tháp, An Giang and Yên Bái.

A gala night will be organised in December to mark the project’s five-year anniversary. On that night, a singing contest called “Just the Two of Us” will be held for the second time, with the participation of singer and doctor duos. -- VNS

 

GLOSSARY

Aware of this fact, artists have joined hands to organise musical performances at hospitals.

To be aware of something means to know about it.

Launched in 2011, the project, “Bringing music to hospitals”, aims to promote music as a tool to reduce patients’ pain and relieve stress among medical staff.

When a project is launched it is started.

To promote to make music as a way of making patients’ pain less means to use music for this purpose.

Stress is the feeling of being uncomfortable because of things you cannot control. To relieve stress means to take some of it away.

The programme also includes a talk show, magic show and comedy acts with the same aim: to bring smiles and offer patients a reprieve from their difficulties and pain.

Comedy acts are performances that are done to make people laugh.

A reprieve means to take away what seems to be like a punishment.

That’s why she sympathised with the pain and anxiety felt by patients and their families.

To sympathise with someone means to feel sorry for them.

Anxiety means feeling worried and scared about how something will turn out to be.

My is one of the most enthusiastic artists who perform at hospitals.

An enthusiastic artist is one who is very keen on art.

“The programme is very meaningful in that it brings joy to patients and medical staff, a special audience who is suffering pain and pressure.”

An audience is a group of people who listen to a performance.

For bedridden patients who can’t attend the show, the artists come to their rooms and entertain them.

To be bedridden means to have to be in bed all the time because of an illness or disability.

“Without musical instruments or an orchestra, we still sing, and our sincerity touches patients’ hearts,” My said.

An orchestra is a group of people who play musical instruments together.

Sincerity means true and deep feelings.

She witnessed a moving experience at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine in Hà Nội involving an old man who was bed-ridden and had nearly lost his ability to speak.

To witness something means to see it happen.

Moving, in this case, means producing strong emotion.

His ability to speak means his being able to speak.

The singer didn’t know it by heart, but a nurse did, so they sang it together.

To know a song by heart means to remember it without needing to read the words or have someone remind you what they are.

“That day all the doctors acknowledged the power of music,” My said.

Acknowledge means accept.

Visiting each hospital, they try to perform a play in which the content is suitable to the hospital’s function and patient’s situation.

The content of a play means the words in that play and their meaning.

During a show at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in March, My played the role of a pregnant woman and Vượng Râu played a clumsy husband bringing his wife to the hospital to give birth.  

Clumsy means careless and without elegance.

All artists participating in the shows forego payment except for a small allowance for transportation and meals.

To forego payment means to go without being paid.

An allowance is a small amount of money paid to someone to cover their expenses.

“The question sounds indecent to me,” he said.

Indecent, in this case, means not nice and not appropriate.

Singer Thái Thùy Linh, who initiated the project, said they don’t consider it performing. Instead, they bring music to hospitals in exchange for rare smiles.

Initiated means started.

Rare means not often

People sitting in wheelchairs, walking on crutches and hooked up to intravenous drips also donate small amounts. They want to help people who are in worse conditions than them.”

Crutches are devices that help people walk when their legs do not work properly.

Intravenous drips are devices that make it possible for patients to get a substance into their blood streams by having it flow from a bag, down a tube and into their veins through a needle.

At the end of the programme, the organiser donates all the money collected to underprivileged inpatients at the hospital.

Inpatients are patients who are treated inside a hospital and are given a bed. (Outpatients are those who go home every night but visit the hospital for treatment.)

Underprivileged inpatients are inpatients who come from poor homes and do not have great opportunities in life.

“Some patients cried when they came to the stage to collect money donated by people in the same miserable situations. I believe they were tears of joy, sympathy and sharing," said Linh.

Sympathy means feeling sorry for someone.

Dương Thị Minh Thu, head of the Social Work Department under the National Hospital of Children, said the department was founded in 2008.

Founded means started

When the “bringing music to hospital” programme was initiated, she convinced many more artists to come and entertain the patients.

To be convinced to entertain patients means to be persuaded into thinking it would be a good idea to do so.

“Working at the hospital, we witness many heartbreaking situations.”

A heartbreaking situation is one that is very upsetting.

“This project is really humanitarian and should be spread elsewhere.”

Humanitarian means to do with making people’s lives better.

Since its inauguration, the project has organised 150 concerts at hospitals across the country.

The project’s inauguration is its beginning.

What started as a mere idea has now turned into a successful programme, with more and more artists participating and performing for free, from leading pop stars like Mỹ Linh, Mỹ Lệ and Uyên Linh, to young talents such as Vũ Hương Giang, who recently became famous for her performances of traditional music at Việt Nam’s Got Talent this year.

Mere is a word used to describe something that is small. In this case “nothing but an” idea.

Talents are people with natural skills.

A gala night will be organised in December to mark the project’s five-year anniversary.

A gala is a fancy function that also involves entertainment.

An anniversary is a birthday.

 On that night, a singing contest called “Just the Two of Us” will be held for the second time, with the participation of singer and doctor duos.

A duo is a team of two that puts on a performance.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

  1. This year, the artists will hold 10 shows in Hà Nội, 20 in Ho Chi Minh City.
  2. Trà My has experience of treating a patient with cancer.
  3. In December the project will be five years old.
  4. No doctor would ever be able to sing.
  5. Thái Thùy Linh performs as a comedian.

 

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