Nashville-based eye surgeon, Dr. Ming Wang, traveled to Fayetteville to present a special Easter “vision care program” for members and guests of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Senior Center.
The center’s director, Samantha Freeman, coordinated the doctor’s talk so attendees could be updated on the latest equipment, techniques and procedures available should they encounter any vision problems.
Wang presented a very interesting, educational and entertaining program. Several audience members were provided gift certificates for discounts toward certain vision enhancement surgeries they need.
Dr. Wang’s seminar also included memories of his teenage years during China’s devastating Cultural Revolution. This was an era when children his age were deported and condemned to a lifetime of hard labor and poverty. To escape such deportation, he learned to perform music and dance in order to join the government propaganda program.
Dr. Wang closed his program with a surprise for the audience. He entertained them by performing with the er-hu violin that he used as a teen in China to avoid deportation. Following the music, he answered questions from the attendees.
Dr. Wang’s extraordinary background inspired a character in the nationally-acclaimed bestselling book, “God’s Not Dead”. The book was made into a popular 2014 movie with the same title. The movie included a character who depicted Dr. Wang. A foll0w-up movie, “God’s Not Dead 2”, has also been released due to the success of the book and original movie.
An autobiography book about the doctor’s life was also recently released. It describes the doctor’s real life journey from a possible future of poverty in China to becoming a top-ranked American eye surgeon. The doctor receives many requests to visit churches where he presents his testimony and discusses the movies and books.
After his program, Dr. Wang gave everyone an opportunity to obtain a signed copy of his recently released autobiography, “From Darkness to Sight”.
Dr. Wang is a recipient of the “Crowning Achievement Award”, presented by the Middle Tennessee FiftyForward organization for his work with seniors throughout the state. He has also received the Nashville Kiwanis Club’s “Nashvillian of the Year” award because of his work with children worldwide.