Wuhan doctor whose skin turned dark due to coronavirus treatment dies

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 03, 2020, 02.00 PM(IST)

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Hu was the sixth employee at Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from COVID-19. Li Wenliang was one of the doctors at the hospital who died.

A Chinese doctor from Wuhan whose skin turned dark due to coronavirus treatment died on Tuesday, media reports said.

Hu Weifeng, a doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital whose pigmentation darkened during his treatment in April, died on Tuesday, according to reports.

Hu was the sixth employee at Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from COVID-19. Li Wenliang, the whistleblower doctor was the first to succumb to the virus. 

Hu's situation was severe and he became emotionally unstable, said an insider from the Wuhan Central Hospital, who claimed that she heard the news Hu died at around 6 am Tuesday, according to reports. 

Hu had been treated for the virus since January after being confirmed COVID-19 positive. He was transferred to the ICU of Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital on February 7 for ECMO treatment and was then transferred to Tongji Hospital on March 3. 

Hu's condition improved on March 14 and he was removed from ECMO treatment on March 22. On April 11, Hu had his tracheotomy tube removed and was able to speak normally. He was then transferred to the general ward on April 14. 

However, Hu suffered cerebral haemorrhages on April 22 and May 21 and dies on Tuesday.

As of February 9, the public health department of the Wuhan Central Hospital reported a total of 68 staff confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, 147 outpatients and 142 inpatients, and a total of 266 medical personnel have been put under medical observation.