The hardest shift was during the demonstrations in August 1969, when we brought also two dead boys to us
Jana Kulhánková, née Holá, was born on May 10, 1939 in Prague to a tailor František Holý and his wife Marie. In 1945 they survived the bombing in February, and then in May at the time of the Prague Uprising, when the explosion leveled their house to the ground. After the war they got a replacement flat and started from scratch. Soon after the communists came to power in 1948, her father lost his tailor’s trade and had to go to work in Tesla. Since her childhood, Jana longed for a medical profession, but after graduating from a medical school and three years of practice, her university studies were endangered because of her father’s previous business. In the end, her medical application was not refused due to the intercession of her mother’s friend. She graduated in 1967. She worked in a hospital in Tábor, since 1969, after the outflow of doctors who emigrated, there was a job vacancy in the hospital Na Františku in Prague, where she joined a surgery department. On August 20 and 21, 1969, when anti-state demonstrations were held on the occasion of the anniversary of the Warsaw Pact invasion, she served as backup at the ambulance. She treated dozens of injured people, as well as two fatally wounded young boys who had died to serious injuries. The team of doctors were then falsely accused of refusing to treat the militiamen and also for the alleged loss of the reports of the two dead boys. The events were written in a special edition of Rudé právo with a propaganda report “Did not pass.” The doctors were investigated for half a year, they should have lost their medical degrees, which eventually did not happen. Jana Kulhánková had been a surgeon at František hospital for 10 years, after which she decided for more calm job in the assessment department due to her children. However, she missed contact with patients, so she took some shifts at the emergency department, where she worked until she was 55 years old. She worked in the assessment department until 2018.