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COVID-19 stricken Chinese doctor whose skin changed colour passed away

05:32 | 03/06/2020

Hu Weifeng, a doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital whose pigmentation darkened during his treatment in April, died Tuesday, becoming the sixth employee at Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from COVID-19.

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Hu Weifeng receives medical treatment at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan in April (Photo: The Paper)

According to Mirror, Dr Hu Weifeng contracted COVID-19 in January while he was treating patients struck down with the killer bug at Wuhan Hospital.

He had been bed-bound for more than two months before he died in hospital on Tuesday.

“Hu's situation was severe and he became emotionally unstable”, an insider from the Wuhan Central Hospital was quoted by Global Times as saying, who claimed that she heard the news Hu died at around 6 am Tuesday.

The doctor, who asked not to be named, told the South China Morning Post : “We operated to remove the fluid from his brain on Saturday."

The hospital has lost at least five of its medical workers to coronavirus but has yet to comment on Dr Hu's reported death.

Chinese netizens on social media mourned the death of Hu, who had been the object of public concern and attention after media reports said his skin had darkened due to liver dysfunction.

"Today there will be countless people saying goodbye to you. The memory you leave behind will continue your spirit. The hero is fearless. Farewell," a Sina Weibo user posted. Another posted: "That's heartbreaking. Respect to you, doctor Hu."

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The image of Dr. Weifeng whose face turns dark after contracting COVID-19 has earlier shocks the Internet (Photo: The Standard)

The 42-year-old and colleague Dr Yi Fan made headline news after their skin changed colour due to liver damage which caused hormonal imbalances.

Hu had been receiving treatment since January after being confirmed as having COVID-19. 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 later 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 then suffered cerebral hemorrhages on April 22 and May 21, Global Times reported.

Another doctor, Yi Fan, who also showed darkened pigmentation during COVID-19 treatment, was discharged from hospital on May 6.

A video featuring the faces of Yi and Hu, two doctors at Wuhan Central Hospital who recovered after two months of COVID-19 treatment, showing darkened pigmentation in April went viral on Chinese social media.

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.

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