[PHOTOS] Shock as skin of two Chinese doctors who survived coronavirus turns dark

April 22, 2020
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Two Chinese doctors who were infected with the coronavirus while treating patients in the epicenter city of Wuhan survived the deadly illness – but their skin turned very dark after they were placed on life support, according to a report.

Dr. Yi Fan and Dr. Hu Weifeng, both 42, were both diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 18 while working at the Wuhan Central Hospital, the UK’s Metro reported.

Doctors treating them said they both needed to be put on life support but as a result of treatment to bring them back from the brink of death their skin turned dark.

The skin colour change is being put down to a hormonal imbalance that took place as the doctors’ livers were damaged by the virus, Chinese state media reports.

Dr Yi and Dr Hu both worked with whistle-blower Li Wenliang, who was punished for sounding the alarm of the virus and then died of the disease on February 7.

But one doctor suspected that their skin turned dark due to a specific drug they received at the beginning of their treatment.

Yi, a cardiologist, was hooked up to an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) life support machine for 39 days.

The machine, which is similar to the heart-lung bypass machine used in open-heart surgery, pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body.

Hu, a urologist, has been bedridden for 99 days and is still very weak after undergoing ECMO therapy from Feb. 7 to March 22, according to his physician, Dr. Li Shusheng.

He only regained his ability to speak on April 11, said Li, who added that the doctors’ normal color is expected to return when their liver functions improve.

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