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Chinese Doctors Skin Turns Black After Surviving Coronavirus



Chinese Doctors Skin Turns Black After Surviving Coronavirus

Two Chinese Doctors that were so sick of Coronavirus have seen their skin turn Black after surviving the virus.

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The two Chinese Doctors

Dr Yi Fan and Dr Hu Weifeng, who are both 42 years of age, were infected with the dreaded coronavirus while treating patients at the Wuhan Central Hospital in January, 2020, Mail Online reports.

Their abnormal skin colour is caused by hormonal imbalances after their livers were damaged by the virus, their doctor told Chinese state media, CCTV.

Dr Yi and Dr Hu are colleagues with late whistle-blower, Li Wenliang, who was punished for sounding the alarm of the virus and then died of the disease on February 7.

The two medics were both diagnosed on January 18.At first, they were taken to the Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital and then deferred to Tongji Hospital’s Zhongfa Xincheng branch, according to Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV. Dr Yi, a cardiologist, beat COVID-19 after doctors hooked him to a life-support machine called ECMO for 39 days.


ECMO is a drastic life-support procedure which replaces the function of the heart and lungs by pumping oxygen into the blood outside the body.

Speaking to CCTV from his hospital bed on Monday, Dr Yi said he had largely recovered. He said he could move in bed normally, but was still struggling to walk without support from no one.

Dr Yi said that the struggle in battling the deadly disease had, to a certain degree, traumatised him. He told a reporter: “When I first gained conscious, especially after I got to know about my condition, I felt scared. I had nightmares often.”He said he was trying to overcome the psychological hurdle.

He added that doctors often comforted him and had arranged counselling for him. He is now being looked after in an ordinary ward.

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Video footage released by Beijing TV Station had also shown Dr Zhan Qingyuan from China-Japan Friendship Hospital talking to Dr Yi and Dr Hu in their wards on April 6 in Tongji Hospital.


Beijing-based Dr Zhan had been treating the two and was checking on them before he and his team left Wuhan and returned to the capital city.

Dr Yi told Dr Zhan he was recovering well and his wounds had largely healed while Dr Zhan told Dr Yi it was his responsibility to ‘save his comrade’.

Dr Hu was not able to speak at the time due to his poor health, but he shook hands with Dr Zhan to express his gratitude. Dr Hu’s condition was more serious.

The urologist has been on sick bed for 99 days and his overall health is weak, said Dr Li Shusheng who treated Dr Hu. Dr Li said he was worried about Dr Hu’s mental health. “He could not stop talking to the doctors who came to check on him,” Dr Li said.

Dr Hu underwent ECMO therapy from February 7 to March 22 and regained his ability to speak on April 11. He is still being looked after in the intensive care units in the same hospital as Dr Yi.


Dr Li suspected that the two Doctors skin turned dark due to a type of medicine they had received at the beginning of the treatment.

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He also said that one of the drug’s side effects is the darkening of the skin colour. He, however, did not name the drug. Dr Li expected both doctors colour to return to back to normal after the function of their livers improves.

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