The doctor, identified as Yi Fan, suffered an abnormal skin discoloration caused by an antibiotic drug. Medics were apparently treating him with the antibiotics while in intensive care. A spokesperson previously said.
The 42-year-old medic appeared at Wuhan’s Taikang Tongji Hospital on Monday, October 26, after resting at home for over five months, Daily Mail reported.
A video released by Hubei Today cast the medic looking like his old self. He was in good spirits and without a face mask. According to the report, Fan visited the facility to thank the doctor, Wang Chen, who saved his life after he learnt the medic would be at the hospital on Monday. The clip showed Fan saying ‘thank you’ to Chen who is an academician specializing in respiratory diseases and critical care.
Fan, a cardiologist at Wuhan Central Hospital then, contracted COVID-19 in January while treating patients. Another Chinese doctor who contracted the diseases while on the frontline like him identified as Hu Weifeng also suffered the skin discoloration while receiving treatment. Unfortunately, he later died in June 2020.
The two were colleagues of late COVID-19 whistle-blower Li Wenliang. Wuhan police reprimanded Li for sounding the alarm on the virus. Unfortunately, he later died from the disease.
The cause of his skin discoloration
Medics attending to them at that time said they had given Fan and Weifeng Polymyxin B, a last-resort antibiotic.
They said the drug caused hyper-pigmentation in the doctors’ bodies but said the condition would slowly disappear as they recovered, according to a televised clip of a press briefing on May 9, 2020.
Initially, the medical team thought that their abnormal skin colour was caused by hormonal imbalances after the virus damaged their livers. Fan said his condition improved after doctors hooked him to a life-support machine called ECMO for 39 days.
He confessed the ordeal of battling the deadly disease had, to a certain degree, traumatized him. “When I first gained conscious, especially after I got to know about my condition, I felt scared. I had nightmares often,” he told a CCTV reporter.
He said he was trying to overcome the psychological hurdle. He added doctors often comforted him and had arranged counselling for him. The hospital discharged Fan in early May 2020.
He has totally recovered from COVID-19 and can now live without assistance.
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