- Hu and Yi, doctors who fought at the frontline before contracting COVID-19 spent close to three months confined in hospital beds
- The two who slipped into comas shortly after getting infected were hooked on life support machines that helped nurse them back to life
- When they woke up, their skin looked darker than usual and doctors suspected it was caused by hormonal imbalance and liver damage
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The world has been left at a standstill after two Chinese doctors who went into a coma due to COVID-19 complications woke up with a darker skin tone.
The two doctors, Yi Fan and Hu Weifeng suffered liver damage that in turn affected the pigmentation of their skin.
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According to Beijing TV Station, the 42-year-old medical officers suffered from hormonal imbalances that came as a result of their damaged livers.
The two doctors were diagnosed with the novel virus back in January 18, 2020 and spent 99 days confined to hospital beds.
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Hu and Yi underwent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for 45 and 39 grueling days respectively. The treatment process saved their lives.
ECMO is a treatment that circulates and oxygenates blood outside a patient's body before pumping it back to the bloodstream of an ill person.
The two who were hooked to life support machines for months were first treated at Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital before being transferred to Tongji Hospital.
Before contracting the virus, the two worked with whistleblower Li Wenliang who notified the world about a disease that was sweeping through China before cases of COVID-19 were officially reported.
Yi said he felt like his health had taken a positive turn though he struggled to walk around.
The doctor disclosed he was able to move around in bed and felt a bit stronger.
However, fighting COVID-19 left him traumatised and gave him scary nightmares.
"When I first gained consciousness, especially after I got to know about my condition, I felt scared. I had nightmares often," the 42-year-old said.
One of the doctors who treated the patients said a drug they had taken while unconscious could also be the cause of their sudden change in skin colour.
Hu took time to regain his ability to speak but was in high spirits.
In another news report, a total of 40 deaths have been recorded in relation to the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in the Upper West Region of Ghana, out of the 409 cases reported in total.
This was confirmed in a statement released by the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service on its official Twitter handle.
It is indicated that 258 out of the 409 cases of the meningitis were recorded in the Upper West Region alone, which makes it the epicentre of the disease outbreak.
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