A 29-year-old Wuhan doctor passed away from the COVID-19 coronavirus on Feb. 20, and became the latest medical staff to succumb to the disease.
Peng Yinhua is a doctor at the Jiangxia district People’s No. 1 Hospital in Wuhan City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
When his condition became critical, he was given a plasma transfusion. But he could not recover.
This month, there were two other confirmed cases of doctors who died from the disease after contracting the virus from treating patients: Liu Zhiming, director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, and Li Wenliang, a whistleblower doctor from Wuhan Central Hospital.
According to a Feb. 17 study published by a group of doctors from China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology magazine, 3,019 medical staff across the country have been infected with the coronavirus between Dec. 8, 2019 to Feb. 11. According to their tally, five of them passed away (not counting Liu and Peng).
“He [Peng] was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Jan. 30, and was transferred to Jinyintan Hospital, the designated coronavirus hospital. On Feb. 10, his condition deteriorated,” Peng’s wife Zhong Xin told state-run media The Paper on Feb. 21.
His wife is pregnant with their first child.
“We registered to be husband and wife two years ago. We planned to have a wedding ceremony on Feb. 1,” Zhong said. “Because he didn’t know where the outbreak was headed, we decided to postpone the ceremony.”
State-run media reported that Peng locked the wedding ceremony invitations in his cabinet drawers and did not send them out.
“I am in the sixth month of pregnancy. Now I only hope our baby can be born healthy,” Zhong said.