| New Heart
|Chest surgery is the most demanding field in medicine.
Chest surgery is the most difficult and dangerous type of surgery to perform but
it is regrettably shunned by the medical community.
Chest surgeons are bombarded daily with emergency calls to operate on patients.
Not only are chest surgeons at a higher risk of losing a patient on the operating
table but the life-saving open heart surgery they perform for hours with a team
of doctors costs the same as a simple 30-minute eye-slit operation performed
by a single plastic surgeon.
Since it is nearly impossible for a chest surgeon to open his own private practice,
less and less medical students are applying to become chest surgeons, causing
the shutdown of entire chest surgery departments at general hospitals. Even
general hospitals that are affiliated with prestigious medical schools suffer
shortages of new chest surgeons. Chest surgery has become a field that is avoided
by young doctors looking for a less stressful career.
Because of this deteriorating situation, patients might have to go abroad in
the near future if they need heart or lung surgery. But even in these difficult situations, a few young doctors are
blazing new trails. Oblivious to the falling status of their profession and
worsening circumstances, they swear by the Oath of Hippocrates and save precious
lives. is a medical drama that will depict the lives of chest
surgeons as close to reality as possible.
Their tears... Their joy... Their troubles... All of this and more will be
intertwined in an engaging, heartwarming story. The courage they display will
make you realize how precious a life is...
We would like to thank them for showing us that we are not alone in this world.
They are the one who make a difference in our lives.
Lee Eun-seong | actor
A young doctor who
graduated from a small town medical school. He took the high school equivalency
exam and then made his way to medical school. (He was a low-achieving student in
high school) He grew up in an all-boys orphanage and tries to hide this past.
With a single-minded pursuit to become a doctor, he applied to the chest surgery
department of a general hospital affiliated with a prestigious medical school
after learning that there was a shortage of applicants. Doctor Choi Kang-guk
deems him as a dunce but Eun-seong is unfazed as he tries to become a skilled
doctor. Through hard work, deft hand coordination, and a heart full of
compassion, he later gains the respect of Doctor Choi. He even joins a teddy
bear-making club to improve his hand coordination where he ends up making
several teddy bears. (He gets along with the ladies in the club) He favors a
Swiss knife that he uses during surgery and sewing teddy bears. When he has free
time, he improves his image recognition skills by looking over the shoulders of
the experienced doctors.
||Nam Hye-seok | actress Kim
She scored a perfect score in the KSAT and
entered medical school at the top of her class. She graduated from medical
school with the highest honors and even though she was the most skilled doctor
among her peers, she chose to become a chest surgeon, causing another sensation.
When Professor Choi Kang-guk tells her that he cannot accept her because they do
not have separate sleeping quarters for female doctors, she rails again gender
inequality and threatens to file a complaint to the human rights organization.
With strong principles, she will declare a patient dead if they do not respond
to resuscitation efforts after 30 minutes. When she diagnoses a patient as
having cancer, she’ll immediately tell them they have cancer without any
hesitation. Her mother is Park Joon-hee, a famous hanbok designer. Her actual
father is the chairman of Hansung Textiles but since he was marred to another
woman, her uncle adopted her. So in her family register, she is stated as being
her mother’s niece. She has strict morals and will pass over burn victims to
other doctors if they had affairs at hotels before it caught on fire.
Choi Kang-guk | actor Jo
He considers himself
to be one of the best chest surgeons in the nation but laments the fact that
hardly anyone applies to the chest surgery department while the few applicants
they do receive are low-achievers. He is disturbed that his department is
becoming stocked with doctors who graduated at the bottom of their class. In a
conversation with his colleagues from the plastic surgery and ophthalmology
department, his pride is bruised when he is chided for being picky about the
applicants. They tell him he should actually be thankful that anyone would want
to apply to the chest surgery department. After having this conversation, he
deliberately rejects Lee Eun-seong, a young doctor who graduated from a small
town medical school, and Nam Hye-seok, the most promising intern at the hospital
who scored a perfect score on the KSAT. He will forge documents to lower the
medical bills for patients who are poor and give tips on how to sneak out of the
hospital without getting detected to patients who do not have any medical
insurance. He is always busy with his work and medical research and thus, he
hardly has any time to spend with his family. He is glad that his wife is not
clamoring for a divorce.
Lee Dong-gwon | actor Lee
While shooting a scene
for a TV series on location at the hospital he develops an irregular heartbeat
and receives an R.F surgical procedure from Nam Hye-seok. He learns that Nam
Hye-seok was an old elementary school friend but he finds it awkward to be
around her. He follows the doctor’s orders to rest and stays as long as he can
at the hospital where he tries to rekindle his friendship with Nam Hye-seok and
take it one step further. But his relationship with Nam Hye-seok hits the gossip
columns and entertainment news.