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Recovering octogenarian COVID-19 patient plays violin to bid Shanghai medics farewell

(People's Daily Online)    09:57, April 02, 2020

An octogenarian patient, previously captured watching a sunset from his hospital bed with a doctor standing by his side in Wuhan, bid farewell to Shanghai medics who treated him with a special violin performance, Beijing Daily reported on April 1.

(East Hospital Branch of the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University/Gan Junchao)

Knowing the medics were returning to Shanghai on Monday, the 87-year-old man used music to express gratitude to the professionals from Zhongshan Hospital, affiliated with Fudan University, Shanghai.

When he was hospitalized, the senior was severely ill due to the COVID-19 disease. In the beginning he couldn’t take care of himself, refusing to eat and remaining uncooperative, the Shanghai medics decided to cheer him up. With sincere help and patience, the healthcare workers gradually gained trust from the man.

After arriving at the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University on Feb. 7, the medical team of 136 people took over two inpatient zones of the hospital’s east branch containing 80 beds for severe and critical COVID-19 patients.

On March 5, while escorting the 87-year-old patient to the CT department for screening, Liu Kai, a member of the Shanghai medical team, seized the opportunity to savor a glorious sunset, something he had not seen in a long time. Asking the patient whether to stop and watch for a while, the gentleman said, "sure."

Thanks to the treatment and care of the medics, the patient can take care of himself, walk, and do some rehabilitation exercises, almost meeting the standards for discharge at the hospital.

“As I’m recovering now, I can play the violin again,” the man said, while inviting doctor Liu to his home in the future, he expresses gratitude to doctors who spared no effort to treat him.

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