Kong Tai Heong

Kong Tai Heong
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Born(1875-04-25)April 25, 1875
Waichow, Guangdong, Qing China
DiedAugust 11, 1951(1951-08-11) (aged 76)
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, United States
Other namesTai Heong Kong, Tai Heong Kong Li
Years active1896–1946

Kong Tai Heong (April 25, 1875 – August 11, 1951) was a trained obstetrician who was the first Chinese woman to practice medicine in Hawaii. Also certified as a midwife, she delivered babies for the Hawaiian, Portuguese and Chinese populations in Honolulu, practicing for over fifty years. In 1946, she was credited by Robert Ripley as having delivered more babies than any other private practitioner in the United States.

Early life

Kong Tai Heong was born on April 25, 1875 in Waichow, Guangdong Province, China.[1] Abandoned as an infant on the steps of the Berlin Foundling House in Hong Kong with a note pinned to her basket giving her name, Kong grew up in the orphanage run by German nuns.[2][3] Believing that the young girl who had helped them care for other children had promise, they helped her apply to the Canton Medical School to study western medicine. At the school, she met Li Khai Fai and the two worked side-by-side helping the physicians deal with the 1893 outbreak of plague which struck Canton and Hong Kong.[2] Over objections voiced by Li's parents and Kong's professors, who did not want to lose their star pupil, the two married[4] within hours of their graduation on June 3, 1896.[5] The following day, they boarded a ship for Honolulu, hoping to be able to provide medical services for the large Chinese population in the city. The voyage took thirty days, and they arrived in the Republic of Hawaii on July 4.[4]

Other Languages
中文: 江棣香