Announced dead: doctor who issued coronavirus alert still struggles to survive

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Chinese physician Li Wenliang, who was one of the first to warn of the appearance of a virus on the Wuhan fish market, died despite initial reports of his death, but is still in the city’s central hospital in critical condition, reports the press.

Doctors at Wuhan Central Hospital are doing everything in their power to keep alive Dr. Li Wenliang, whistleblower for the new disease, the establishment announced via his account on the Weibo social network .

Earlier today, the Global Times announced that the doctor had died of 2019-nCoV coronavirus infection. Subsequently, the Chinese newspaper published a denial that the doctor had survived a cardiac arrest at 9:30 p.m. local time, after being resuscitated and placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

The first alert

On December 30, 2019, Li Wenliang, a doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital, wrote to colleagues via the social network WeChat that seven cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) have been confirmed in the city’s fish market. While he did not know that the new coronavirus belonged to another strain, his message was quickly shared by several Internet users because fears remained about a return of SARS.

On January 3, Li Wenliang and seven other doctors, who published information on a social media on a new epidemic, were summoned by the Wuhan city police. They are warned against the spread of “online false statements” that could seriously undermine public order and asked to write a letter of denial.

When he returned to work, he received several patients infected with a coronavirus. On January 12, he was hospitalized and diagnosed with the disease himself.


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