Man whose skin changed colour from coronavirus treatment dies after five-month fight

Dr Hu Weifeng, who worked at Wuhan Hospital, made headlines around the world after the treatment he was given when he contracted Covid-19 made his skin go darker

    A Chinese doctor whose skin changed colour from coronavirus treatment has died after a five-month fight with the killer bug.

    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.

    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.

    Peng Mei News reports Dr Hu, an urologist, was being treated in intensive care before he died from complications brought on by Covid-19.

    Dr Hu Weifeng has died after battling Covid-19 for five months
    (Image: Beijin tv station)

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    According to a senior doctor from the Sino-French New City Branch of Wuhan Tongji Hospital, where he was being treated Dr Weifeng had been in a coma until he died after suffering a brain haemorrhage on April 22 and undergoing surgery.

    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.

    Dr Hu worked wth Li Wenliang who issued the first warning about coronavirus.

    Dr Hu contracted coronavirus while treating patients at Wuhan Hospital
    (Image: Beijin tv station)

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    The whistle-blower was reprimanded by police before he died from the virus on February 7.

    In March, two more colleagues Mei Zhongming, 57, and Zhu Heping, 67, died after contracting the virus and shortly afterwards the hospital's head of thyroid and breast surgery Jiang Xueqing, 55, passed away.

    Footage by a TV Station in Beijing showed Dr Hu and Dr Fan lying in their hospital beds with darker skin in April.

    Dr Yi, a cardiologist, was placed on a life-support machine for 39 days before he improved.

    Dr Yi Fan's skin tone also changed suddenly after he contracted coronavirus
    (Image: Beijin tv station)

    He said he could move in bed normally, but was still struggling to walk independently and his ordeal had given him "nightmares".

    He said: “When I first gained consciousness, especially after I got to know about my condition, I felt scared. I had nightmares often.”

    He is believed to have since been discharged from hospital.

    Survivors of coronavirus have been warned that they may suffer long term organ damage or PTSD.

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    Dr Harlan Krumholz, a Yale University cardiologist, told the Los Angeles Times: "Covid-19 is not just a respiratory disorder.

    "It can affect the heart, the liver, the kidneys, the brain, the endocrine (glands) system and the blood system."

    In Italy a number of survivors say they are suffering from debilitating symptoms weeks after they 'beat the virus' and tested negative for any traces of it.

    Cases have arisen in one of the worst hit countries in Europe that suggests survivors face a new battle with health issues such as fatigue and breathing problems.


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