Chinese doctors brought to the brink of the death by coronavirus, have found their skin has turned darker as they recover.
Dr. Yi Fan and Dr. Hu Weifeng caught COVID-19 while treating patients struck down with the killer bug at Wuhan Hospital in January.
Their livers were damaged by the virus which caused hormonal imbalances and the resultant skin change, the doctor who helped save their lives told Chinese state media.
He was subsequently diagnosed with the disease and died shortly after on February 7.
Yi and Wu tested positive on January 18 and were initially admitted to Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital before being transferred twice, reports Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
Cardiologist Dr. Yi began to recover after being on a drastic life support machine called an ECMO – which pumps oxygen into the blood in place of the heart and lungs – for 39 days.
He told the broadcaster he had mostly recovered but is unable to walk properly and remains in hospital – admitting that the ordeal had traumatized him.
The doctor said on regaining consciousness and learning the full extent of his battle with the virus he “felt scared” and “had nightmares often”.
Now being treated on a regular ward in Wuhan’s China-Japan Friendship Hospital, he added that he has been given counseling as he recuperates.
His colleague, Dr. Hu, had a much more serious battle on his hands.
Dr. Li Shusheng, who treated Dr. Hu, has raised concerns about his patient’s mental health, with him remaining completely bed-bound.
The urologist has not been out of bed for 99 days and remains extremely weak, Dr. Li said.
Dr. Hu was on an ECMO machine from February 7 to March 22 and only began speaking again on April 11 but is still being cared for in ITU.