'Can you see from heaven?': Widow of Wuhan coronavirus whistleblower gives birth to baby boy
New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: Fu Xuejie, the wife of late Dr. Li Wenliang, the Wuhan whistleblower who died of coronavirus in February, has given birth to their second-son which she called ‘last gift’ by husband, according to the Chinese state-run Litchi News.
Li's wife told Litchi News early Friday morning that she gave birth to a baby boy in a Wuhan hospital. She took to a Chinese social media platform WeChat and wrote "Can you see it from heaven? The last gift you gave me was born today. I will definitely take good care of them,” along with the heart-warming note, she also shared the picture of the baby boy.
Dr. Li, a Chinese ophthalmologist worked at Wuhan Central Hospital. In late December, when reports emerged of a dangerous new virus in the city, he texted fellow medical school alumni warning them of the news.
"I only wanted to remind my university classmates to be careful," he told CNN in February. Rumors of a deadly SARS outbreak spread quickly on Chinese social media platforms, despite his request to maintain confidentiality and Wuhan police summoned and admonished him for "making false comments on the Internet about unconfirmed SARS outbreak".
He was made to sign a statement acknowledging his "misdemeanor" and promising not to commit further "unlawful acts." The outbreak was later confirmed not to be SARS but a new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
On 8 January, Li contracted the coronavirus unwittingly while treating an infected patient at his hospital. And on 12 January, Li was admitted to intensive care at Houhu Hospital District, Wuhan, where he was quarantined and treated. He tested positive for the virus on 30 January and formally diagnosed with the virus infection on February 1, he died less than a week later, aged 34.
Li's death provoked considerable grief and anger on social media which became extended to a demand for freedom of speech. Wuhan citizens placed flowers and blew whistles at Wuhan Central Hospital, where Li worked and died, as a tribute to him.
On the Internet, people spontaneously launched the activity themed "I blew a whistle for Wuhan tonight," where everyone kept all the lights off in their homes for five minutes, and later blew whistles and waved glitter outside of their windows for five minutes to mourn Li.
The World Health Organization posted on Twitter saying that it was "deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Li Wenliang" and "we all need to celebrate work that he did on #2019nCoV”.
Posted By: Talib Khan