An old man named Pang Ha Su living in Puksong-dong No. 1, Phyongchon District of Pyongyang City, is 70 years old this year.
He often tells the following story to his children and grandchildren.
In late 1960 a little boy got burnt three degrees in 48 percent of his whole body.
To save him, it was necessary to graft skin on a lot of burnt part of his.
On January 30, Juche 50(1961) many people came to the operating room of a small hospital to donate skin to him. Among them were medical workers, student assistants and inpatients in the hospital.
The hall before the operating room got crowded with people struggling to donate their skins before others.
Lost in the crowd, even the chief surgeon, who would perform an operation, secretly removed skin from his body.
They felt a severe pain, but their faces were all bright.
The boy came to himself as many people grafted skins on him, but he was still in a serious condition.
The chief surgeon, who operated on the boy, kept staying at his bed.
Officials of the hospital also nearly lived with him.
The whole country earnestly hoped him to come back to life at an early date. Over 10,000 letters and numerous medicines and foods sent from all parts of the country were given to him.
A few months later, the boy was finally brought back to health and left the hospital amid the blessing of all people.
His whole body was covered with skins of many people and their blood was running into his vessel.
The boy at that time was the old man named Pang Ha Su.
"At that time I was eight years old. People donated their blood and flesh to save me. It was not, indeed, so easy to graft skin on nearly a half of my body.
So, about 250 people are said to have had their skins grafted.
I didn't know their faces, names or addresses. I was not their relation."
The Chollima era was a beautiful era when all regarded it as part of their ordinary life and as a commonplace thing everybody can do to help others and sacrifice themselves for them. It was also an era of noble human love when it was all-people thoughts and feelings that all devote themselves to others.
Many years has passed since then.
But the noble mental world and fighting spirit displayed by people in the Chollima era are firmly carried forward as precious ideological and spiritual wealth decade after decade and generation after generation.