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with a fighting spirit

From time to time I help out as a doctor in a prison. During an examination there, I had met a woman who was very touched because she had felt treated as a woman - and not as a prisoner. During a new examination, I was unsure about one of the medical reports. As the examination results had judged the findings to be unremarkable, I asked a specialist colleague for advice. His response did not help me. So I asked my boss for advice. He was pleased about my "fighting spirit", as he jokingly said. It quickly became clear that an urgent operation was due. When I visited the patient after the operation, she said, "Doctor, honestly, no one has ever fought for me like that in my life." I was moved to tears and did not know how to deal with it at first. For the first time, she had been able to feel how precious she was.