Chapter 397 – The Fourth Brother-in-law
During this holiday break, Tan Yunfang had taken up a simple job making buttons for a clothing factory, thanks to an introduction from her senior. The job was simple, and she could even take it home and get paid per piece.
Tan Yunfang was quite satisfied because this way, she didn’t have to leave Xiaoya alone in the dormitory.
Today happened to be the day she was delivering the finished buttons to the clothing factory, so she left Xiaoya alone in the dorm.
Such situations had occurred before, and Xiaoya was already familiar with the school. There wasn’t much danger, and she could even go to the cafeteria alone to eat.
However, when Tan Yunfang returned after delivering the buttons, she learned from the dormitory’s caretaker that Xiaoya had accidentally slipped and fallen while going downstairs to get food. The caretaker and some fellow students couldn’t find her, so they were hesitant about whether to take her to the hospital.
Upon hearing this, Tan Yunfang was immediately shocked. She mustered the courage and, with the help of others, rushed Xiaoya to the hospital.
After the doctor examined her, they said the fracture was somewhat serious and would require surgery. However, the money Tan Yunfang had saved up from the previous semester and this time wasn’t enough to cover the surgery costs, so she had no choice but to seek help from Lu Xia.
Upon hearing that Xiaoya was at the People’s Hospital, Lu Xia found it somewhat familiar. Upon closer look, wasn’t this where her fourth sister-in-law and fourth brother-in-law worked?
In the past six months, Lu Xia had met her sisters-in-law and their husbands a few times, but due to their busy work schedules, they hadn’t met often. However, she knew where they worked. It seemed that the fourth brother-in-law was a doctor in the orthopedic department. Could it be that Xiaoya had ended up in their department by chance?
Lu Xia followed Tan Yunfang to the hospital and headed straight for the orthopedic department. However, she didn’t see the fourth brother-in-law. Instead, they were greeted by another doctor surnamed Jiang. After they paid the fees, Dr. Jiang immediately began preparing for the surgery.
By this time, Xiaoya had already fainted from the pain. Tan Yunfang looked worried and anxious, fearing that there might be complications if the surgery didn’t go well.
Seeing her distress, Lu Xia comforted her for a while and then spotted the fourth brother-in-law in the hallway. She immediately went over and greeted him, “Brother-in-law.”
The fourth brother-in-law, dressed in a white coat and looking somewhat tired, as if he had just finished surgery, had a surprised expression upon seeing Lu Xia. He hesitated for a moment before responding, “Younger sister, what are you doing here? Is someone injured?”
Lu Xia nodded and introduced, “It’s my roommate’s daughter who broke her leg and needs surgery.”
After hearing this, the fourth brother-in-law nodded and asked, “Is it serious? Who’s the attending doctor?”
Lu Xia replied directly, “It’s Dr. Jiang. I’m not sure about the details, but my roommate is worried and afraid there might be complications. The child is only seven years old.”
Understanding the situation, the fourth brother-in-law said reassuringly, “Don’t worry. I’ll go check. Dr. Jiang is highly skilled. If he says it’s fine, then it should be.”
With that, he went inside to inquire about the situation. Meanwhile, Tan Yunfang, now realizing the connection, looked at Lu Xia with gratitude.
Lu Xia gave her a reassuring smile and said, “Don’t worry, with the fourth brother-in-law here, things should be okay.”
Tan Yunfang sighed in relief and thanked Lu Xia once again. Lu Xia patted her shoulder and didn’t say much.
Before long, the fourth brother-in-law came out and said, “Don’t worry, I’ve checked. It’s not too severe. After the surgery, the bones will heal properly, and since the child is young, she should recover quickly without any lasting issues.”
Chapter 398 – The Surgery
Tan Yunfang finally breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news. She repeatedly expressed her gratitude, saying, “Thank you, thank you, Doctor!”
The fourth brother-in-law quickly deflected the thanks, saying, “Don’t thank me. I just helped inquire. Dr. Jiang will be performing the surgery shortly. Rest assured, there won’t be any problems.”
Meanwhile, Lu Xia saw that they had gathered enough information, and the fourth brother-in-law appeared quite tired. She said, “We understand. Thank you, Brother-in-law. We won’t keep you any longer.”
The fourth brother-in-law nodded and replied, “Alright, I’ll head back to the office now. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to call me.”
With that, he nodded to both of them and left.
Lu Xia and Tan Yunfang waited outside while Dr. Jiang performed the surgery on Xiaoya.
However, the surgery was still ongoing when Jiang Junmo hurriedly arrived.
“Why did you come here?” Lu Xia asked.
“I saw the note you left behind and got worried,” Jiang Junmo replied, wiping sweat from her face. She then glanced at Tan Yunfang and asked, “Is the child okay?”
Lu Xia shook her head and said, “She’s still in surgery, but I asked Brother-in-law, and he said there shouldn’t be any major issues.”
At this point, Tan Yunfang spoke up, saying, “I’m sorry to trouble you both with this. You didn’t have to go through all this trouble.”
Lu Xia shook her head and said, “You shouldn’t say that. We’re not just classmates but also roommates. Helping each other out is perfectly normal, and we didn’t do much.”
Tan Yunfang didn’t say anything more, but she was genuinely grateful.
At this moment, Jiang Junmo said a few words to Lu Xia and then stood up to say hello to the fourth brother-in-law. After all, it was a one-time visit and it would not be good not to say hello.
However, when he returned, he wasn’t alone.
“Sister-in-law, why did you come here?” Lu Xia asked.
The fourth sister-in-law, dressed in nurse attire, responded directly, “I came here. Why didn’t you tell me? I only found out from your brother-in-law.”
Lu Xia felt a bit embarrassed and said, “I thought you might be busy, and since I came with classmates, I didn’t want to disturb you.”
The fourth sister-in-law, who worked as a nurse in the obstetrics and gynecology department, was usually very busy, and Lu Xia didn’t want to bother her.
The fourth sister-in-law gave her a reproachful look and said, “What’s there to be busy about? I’m just a nurse. It’s not that hectic. Anyway, both of you are here, so how about coming to our place for dinner tonight? Our staff dormitory is nearby.”
Lu Xia shook her head and said apologetically, “No, not today. We have other matters to attend to.”
The fourth sister-in-law noticed Tan Yunfang by Lu Xia’s side and, after a moment of thought, didn’t insist further. She exchanged a few more words with them and then left.
After Jiang Junmo escorted her out, Tan Yunfang looked at Lu Xia with admiration.
“It’s great that you know so many people even in the hospital. If anything happens, you have people to help you. Unlike me, I’d panic if something went wrong. This time, we really owe it to you!”
Lu Xia smiled and replied, “These are Jiang Junmo’s sisters and brothers-in-law. Their family is quite close-knit. As for my family, it’s a different story. We hardly ever contact each other, and I don’t expect them to. We’re practically strangers. As long as they don’t bother me, it’s fine.”
Tan Yunfang understood her point and stopped feeling envious. Every family had its own challenges, and Lu Xia was fortunate to have a good marriage.
With the assurance from the fourth brother-in-law, Tan Yunfang felt much relieved. When the surgery was finally over, Dr. Jiang informed them that it had been successful, but Xiaoya would need to stay in the hospital for a few days. Tan Yunfang expressed her gratitude once again, finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.