Doctor Li Wenliang was a Chinese ophthalmologist. He was the first doctor to identify the new outbreak and warned the world but to his misfortune, he was arrested and accused of spreading rumors. Dr. Li Wenliang was born on 12 October 1986 in Beizhen Liaoning, China. In 2004 he scored 609 marks in the National College entrance examination and got admission to the Wuhan University of Medicine. After studying for 7 long years, he started working at Xiamen University. His continuous hard work led him successfully achieved his goal in 2014: he became an Ophthalmologist and started working at Wuhan Central Hospital.On 7 January Dr. Li contracted the Coronavirus while treating a patient of Glaucoma and sadly passed away through this infection on 7 February 2020. Before his death, he got relieved because the Chineses Supreme People Court announced the people who tried to spread the news about Coronavirus should not be punished because what they said was right. The court further said that it might be a fortunate thing if the people had believed the rumors and started wearing masks and avoid going to the seafood market.
Dr. Li Wenliang and first case of CoronavirusThroughout his 6 years long career, he remained honest with his work. His misfortune started in December 2019. This was the time when he identified and warned the world about the deadly Covid-19 outbreak. On 30th December 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang got information about the first case of SARS-COV.
SARS-COV positive was found on patient’s reportThe doctors in the Emergency Department of the Wuhan Central Hospital were examining some patients since the start of December. The patients were suffering from severe flu and pneumonia-like illness. The doctors were unknown about the type of illness. On 30th December Dr. LI Wenliang found SARS positive on one of the patient reports that came from the Emergency Department of the Hospital. The test was made when the doctors were worried while treating the patients who showed the same SARS-like symptoms. COVID-19 is also known as SARS-COV 2 because the symptoms are the same and both are related to the coronavirus family. The reports clearly showed written positive for SARS Coronavirus.
Dr. Li knew the outbreak was about to beginDr. Li alerted everyone while reading the reports. China has witnessed the SARS-COV outbreak in 2003 and was quite aware of the disaster caused by the deadly outbreak that effected 26 countries infecting more than 8000 people worldwide. This was indeed terrifying news for everyone. This was the time when the outbreak was about to start and it could be stopped at that time.
Dr. Li messaged his friends to be cautiousWhen Dr. Li got to know the outbreak of SARS was about to begin and he texted his friends in a private “We Chat” Group of his medical school. He told his friends to be cautious because 7 confirmed SARS cases have been reported from the Huanan Seafood Market. Later he confirmed that these cases were linked with Coronavirus.
Dr. Li’s messagesThese were some messages from Dr.Li Wenliang that are translated to English:
- There are 7 confirmed cases of SARS at Huanan Seafood Market.
- It has been confirmed that they are Coronavirus infections but the exact virus is being subtyped.
- Tell your family and loved ones to take caution.
- They are being isolated in the emergency department of the hospital.