A Chinese doctor whose skin suddenly turned dark from treatment for the coronavirus has appeared in public for the first time since his color returned to normal.
Dr Yi Fan, 42, made a full recovery from COVID-19 after contracting the disease while treating patients at a hospital in Wuhan in January.
His abnormal skin tone was caused by an antibiotic he took during intensive care, a spokesperson said.
Dr Yi Fan is pictured lying in a dark-skinned hospital bed (left) earlier this year after receiving COVID-19. New images show him speaking to media in his usual color (right) on Monday
Dr Yi fell ill shortly after the virus broke out in Wuhan and before the health crisis hit the world, killing more than a million people so far.
The doctor is a cardiologist at Wuhan Central Hospital.
He is a colleague of the late COVID-19 whistleblower Li Wenliang, who was reprimanded by Wuhan police for sounding the virus alarm, then died of the illness.
Another colleague of Dr Yi, Dr Hu Weifeng, contracted COVID-19 on the front line on the same day as him.
Dr. Hu’s skin also turned dark during the treatment. He died in early June after battling the virus for nearly five months.
Dr Yi (pictured left before falling ill) beat COVID-19 after being hooked to a life support machine for 39 days. He is seen (right) after being revived in a Beijing Satellite TV clip
Photos presented at a press conference show Dr Yi Fan on May 9 (left) and April 6 (right)
Dr Yi presented to Taikang Tongji Hospital in Wuhan on Monday after resting at home for more than five months.
In a video posted by Hubei Today, the doctor looked like himself, was in a good mood, and was not wearing a face mask.
He was there to thank a doctor who had helped save his life and who was in Wuhan yesterday.
The clip shows Dr. Yi saying “thank you” to Wang Chen, an academician specializing in respiratory diseases and intensive care. He also gave a bouquet to Mr. Wang.
“Academician Wang is my savior. I have to thank him for sure, ”Dr Yi told reporters at the scene.
Dr Yi first appeared in public yesterday to thank a doctor who helped save him (pictured). “Academician Wang is my savior. I have to thank him for sure, ”Dr Yi told reporters.
Previous images released by Beijing TV station show Dr Yi and his colleague Dr Hu lying in their sickbed with dark skin on April 6 at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan.
Professor Duan Jun, deputy director of the intensive care medicine department of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital, said the medical team gave Dr Yi and Dr Hu Polymyxin B an antibiotic of last resort. .
He said the drug caused hyperpigmentation in doctors’ bodies, but the disease would slowly go away as they recovered, according to a TV clip from a May 9 press briefing.
Initially, the medical team believed their abnormal skin color was caused by hormonal imbalances after the virus damaged their liver.
On April 6, Dr. Yi told his doctor that he was recovering well and his injuries had largely healed.
Dr Yi and Dr Hu were both diagnosed on January 18.
The couple were first taken to Wuhan Lung Hospital and then transferred to Zhongfa Xincheng branch of Tongji Hospital, according to Chinese public television station CCTV.
Dr Yi saw his condition improve after doctors hung him on a life support device called ECMO for 39 days.
ECMO is a drastic survival procedure that replaces the function of the heart and lungs by pumping oxygen into the bloodstream outside the body.
Dr Hu Weifeng (pictured left before falling ill), a colleague of Dr Yi, also saw his skin change color during his COVID-19 treatment. Doctor died of COVID-19 in early June
Speaking to CCTV from his hospital bed on April 20, Dr Yi said he has largely recovered.
He said he could move normally in his bed, but still found it difficult to walk independently.
Dr. Yi confessed that the ordeal of battling the deadly disease had, to some extent, traumatized him.
He told a reporter: “When I first became aware, especially after learning about my condition, I was scared. I have often had nightmares.
He said he was trying to overcome the psychological barrier. He added that the doctors often comforted him and organized counseling for him.
Dr Yi was released from the hospital in early May. It is reported that he has fully recovered from COVID-19 and can now live without assistance.