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Patient’s skin rejuvenates after surviving COVID-19

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A Chinese doctor by name, Dr Yi Fan, whose skin suddenly turned dark after he fell critically ill with coronavirus is seeing his colour returning to normal gradually.

The doctor, who caught the virus through work in January, was reportedly discharged by a hospital in Wuhan last week after beating the killer infection. A spokesperson said Yi’s abnormal skin tone was caused by an antibiotic he had received during the treatment.

Meanwhile, his colleague, Dr Hu Weifeng, whose skin also turned dark, was still hospitalised, according to the spokesperson.

Dr Yi and Dr Hu, both 42, caught the novel coronavirus while treating patients at the Wuhan Central Hospital nearly four months ago.

Footage released by local stations show both medics lying in their sick beds with their dark skin in the month of April in Wuhan’s Tongji Hospital.

Dr Yi beat COVID-19 after doctors hooked him to a life-support machine for 39 days. He is seen after being revived in a clip released by a Beijing based Satellite TV.  A recent picture of Dr Yi shows the medic almost looking like his old self on May 9.

The deputy director of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Prof Duan Jun, said the medical team had given Dr Yi and Dr Hu Polymyxin B, a last-resort antibiotic, during their treatment.

In a press briefing, he said the drug had caused hyper-pigmentation in the doctors’ body, but the condition would slowly disappear as they recovered.

The patient-doctor who spoke from his hospital bed said he had mostly recovered. ‘When I first gained consciousness, especially after I got to know about my condition, I felt scared. I had nightmares often.’

He said he was trying to overcome the psychological hurdle. He added doctors often comforted him and had arranged counselling for him.

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