SCIO briefing on stories of frontline workers fighting against COVID-19

The State Council Information Office held a press conference on Sunday afternoon in Wuhan, epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, to tell the stories of workers on the frontline of the epidemic prevention and control. February 24, 2020

Guang Ming Daily:

Over the past few weeks, we've heard stories about medical staff that have melted our hearts. This question is for the medical staff: Have you ever been impressed by the patients you have treated? Would you please tell us some of their stories? Thank you.

Yu Ting:

There was an 82-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital when he was in a critical condition. During first few days, he was not able to live independently, as he became breathless once he left the bed to walk and was unable to speak coherently. However, after a fortnight of clinical treatment and intensive care, involving not only therapeutic approaches but also emotional support, the elderly man was discharged from hospital. On that day, when I congratulated him on his recovery, he firmly held my hand and said, "thank you, Dr. Yu, thank you, you have saved my life. May I ask you a favor? Can you take a photo with me? It would be the most precious picture of my life." So, on that day, we stood in front of the media cameras, and we both shouted: "Stay strong, Jinyintan! Stay strong, Wuhan! Stay strong, China!"

Watching a patient overcome the illness, after fighting day and night with the disease, and leave the hospital with a smile is very exciting. This was also a relief to our medical staff, not only a psychological relief, but also a relief for our tired bodies. Thank you. 

Zhao Peiyu:

I also want to share with you a story that happened in the ICU. We had performed a bronchotomy for a female critical patient and put her on a ventilator, so the patient was unable to talk. When I was making my rounds, she was writing on the quilt with her finger. I looked closer and realized that she was writing the character for "water." I asked her if she was thirsty and she blinked. I felt very sad. I told her, "you can't drink water yet. Please hang on, okay?" The patient blinked again and gave me a thumbs-up. I can actually feel their longing for life and also the trust and support for us medical staff. Fortunately, after careful treatment, this patient no longer need the ventilator and has entered the recovery stage. Thank you.

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