(M / Med School Undergrad Class of 99, Paediatric Surgery Assistant Prof / 40 yo)
A man of angelic personality who could beat (Albert) Scheweitzer, Confucius and even Mencius. Despite of his Catholic faith since birth, he is nicknamed as “Buddha”.
The cries of the children who are more used to the hospital beds than being in the arms of their parents. Due to the aimless, empty and devastated rage of parents, the tears in paediatric surgery ward break the hearts.
In the paediatric ward where it is a toll on the mind rather than on the body, Jeong-won’s warmth is the source of comfort and hope.
Although he himself is a doctor for about 20 years who’s feeling worn out, he never once get angry at the patients, their guardians or at his fellow medical staffs.
That is why his nickname is ‘Buddha’!
Even though his faith since birth is Catholic.
Of course, his ‘Buddha-ness’ doesn’t apply towards his gang of five friends since medic school. What’s the point of not getting angry at them~ His stubbornness and oversensitivity are a given, and he is full of grudges…
He’d sleep fitfully even if there’s just a tiny mistake, and once he made up his mind, he won’t even eat until he sees the end of it.
Since college, Jeong-won has always been a little different from his peers, and it could be felt that there’s something extraordinary about him. So naturally, people’s interests were drawn towards him, they wanted to know him and always inquire about him.
But ironically, he remained friends only with the 4 persons who have no such interest in him, up until 20 years.
The reason why Jeong-won, whose hobby was photography, abandoned his camera so deep into the drawer was because of the departed children who left only their smiles in those photos.
Those children’s names still giving him heartbreaks, so he thought that being a doctor is not his calling.
He has been having such thought for a long time now.
He wanted to be a priest. Way before his brothers and sisters did…
He was shaken by his dream of becoming a doctor, but he has never given up his dream of becoming a priest.
There is nothing that shine as brilliantly as his dream of becoming a priest. Not even budding love in his 20s, or receiving fame in his 30s.
Some would sneer at him for being a chaebol with a lot of money, or bluffing with his golden spoon, but just like the ‘garden’ (the meaning of his name), Jeong-won would go forth towards the thorny path in silence.
He is running out of time.