Living Well: Daughters saved from jaws of death

A courageous midwife changed the lives of three girls in 20th-century China, including that of my friend Diana

The ancient city of Wuxi in 1930s China, after the Japanese had invaded Manchuria in the north and subsequently bombed neighbouring Shanghai in the south, was a place of uncertainty and tension.

A well-respected mathematics professor furiously paced the floor outside the room where his wife was about to give birth to their fifth child.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2020, with the headline 'Daughters saved from jaws of death'. Print Edition | Subscribe