These two doctors from Wuhan were critically ill with COVID-19 and were hooked to a life-support machine. When they woke up after more than a month, they found out that their skin color was darkened as the virus damaged their livers.
Dr. Yi and Dr. Hu were fighting against the deadly virus when unfortunately they too got infected. They were diagnosed on January 18 and were transferred to Tongji Hospital in China. Both the doctors were hooked to a life-support machine called ECMO for more than a month. After their condition stabilized, it was noticed that both the doctors' skin color darkened as the virus attacked their livers. Their doctors' told their skin color will return to normal after the function of their livers improves.
Dr. Yi and Dr. Hu, the two Chinese doctors, got infected with the coronavirus after treating the patients at the Wuhan Central Hospital in January. They both got critically ill and were first taken to the Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital and then transferred to Tongji Hospital's Zhongfa Xincheng branch, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
Both the doctors are colleagues with late Li Wenliang, who was punished for sounding the alarm of the virus and then died of the disease on February 7.
Dr. Yi Fan and Dr. Hu Weifeng, 42, were diagnosed on January 18 and were hooked to a life-support machine called ECMO. Both the doctors' skin turned dark after being brought back from death. The virus damaged their livers that resulted in the change of their skin color.
Dr. Yi, a cardiologist, was hooked to the machine for 39 days.
Dr. Yi told a reporter: 'When I first gained conscious, especially after I got to know about my condition, I felt scared. I had nightmares often.'
While speaking to CCTV from his hospital bed, he also told that he was trying to overcome the psychological hurdle. He told that doctors often comforted him and had arranged counseling for him.
The urologist has been bed-bound for 99 days and his overall health is weak, said Dr Li Shusheng who treated Dr Hu.
'He could not stop talking to the doctors who come to check on him,' Dr Li said.
Dr. Li told that he was worried about Dr. Hu's mental health.
Dr. Hu's condition was serious, he underwent ECMO therapy from February 7 to March 22, and regained his speaking abiities on April 11.
Dr. Li suspected that the doctors' skin turned dark due to a type of medicine that they received at the start of their treatment.
Dr. Li didn't name the drug.