Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's health worsening, hospital says

Pro-democracy activists stage a sit-in protest demanding the release of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on July 10, 2017. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 12, 2017, 05.14 AM (IST)

The Chinese hospital treating Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo for terminal liver cancer said on Wednesday his condition is worsening.

Liu, 61, is being treated for worsening liver function, septic shock and organ dysfunction, and remains on dialysis, the hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang said in a short online statement, according to Reuters.

Last week, the hospital invited medical experts from the US and Germany to come and help treat Liu.

Liu's friends have voiced suspicion over the hospital's statements, which suggest a worsening of his condition soon after two foreign doctors said he was well enough to travel abroad, but said it must happen as quickly as possible. 

"We do not know how reliable these accounts are, or if they mean Liu Xiaobo cannot travel," a friend of Liu's family told Reuters, declining to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Liu was released from prison last month on medical grounds after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.
 
He was jailed in 2009 for 11 years for "inciting subversion of state power" after he helped write a petition known as "Charter 08" calling for sweeping political reforms in China.
 
Since he was released, China has faced international calls to give Liu the option to get treatment abroad.

But authorities have insisted that the Nobel laureate has been under the care of top Chinese cancer doctors.
 
Liu’s wife, Liu Xia, has been under house arrest since he won the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2010 and has reportedly suffered from depression.

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The 61-year-old is being treated for worsening liver function, septic shock and organ dysfunction, and remains on dialysis, the hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang said in a short online statement