A particular drug for the COVID-19 seems to be doing more than just curing the respiratory system. According to CNEWSFR.com, Two Wuhan doctors diagnosed with Covid-19 discovered that their skin turned black after the virus severely damaged their liver.
The story also reported by Dailymail held a misleading title by stating “Wuhan doctors who were critically ill with coronavirus wake up to find that their skin has turned dark after virus damaged their liver”. This can easily make one think skin darkening is a result of the Corona Virus, when the truth is, it is the healing drug the doctors took turned their skin black.
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The article further reports: Two Chinese doctors who were critically ill with COVID-19 have seen their skin turned dark after being brought back from the brink of death.
Dr Yi Fan and Dr Hu Weifeng, both 42, caught the novel coronavirus while treating patients at the Wuhan Central Hospital in January.
Their abnormal skin colour is caused by hormonal imbalances after their livers were damaged by the virus, their doctor told Chinese state media.
Dr Yi and Dr Hu are colleagues with late whistle-blower Li Wenliang, who was punished for sounding the alarm of the virus and then died of the disease on February 7.
The two medics were both diagnosed on January 18. They were taken first to the Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital and then transferred to Tongji Hospital’s Zhongfa Xincheng branch, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.
Dr Yi, a cardiologist, beat COVID-19 after doctors hooked him to a life-support machine called ECMO for 39 days.
ECMO is a drastic life-support procedure which replaces the function of the heart and lungs by pumping oxygen into the blood outside the body.
Speaking to CCTV from his hospital bed on Monday, Dr Yi said he had largely recovered. Dr. Yi confessed that the ordeal of battling the deadly disease had, to a certain degree, traumatized him.
Footage released by Beijing TV Station shows Dr Zhan Qingyuan from China-Japan Friendship Hospital talking to Dr Yi and Dr Hu in their wards on April 6 in Tongji Hospital. Beijing-based Dr Zhan had been treating the pair and was checking on them before he and his team left Wuhan and returned to the capital city.
Dr Hu’s condition was more serious. The urologist has been bed-bound for 99 days and his overall health is weak, said Dr Li Shusheng who treated Dr Hu. Dr Hu underwent ECMO therapy from February 7 to March 22 and regained his ability to speak on April 11.
Dr Li suspected that the two medics’ skin turned dark due to a type of medicine they had received at the beginning of the treatment. He added that one of the drug’s side effects is the darkening of the skin colour. He did not name the drug.
Dr Li expected both medics’ skin colour to return to normal after the function of their livers improves.
A change in pigmentation caused, by taking drugs whose side effects would lead to hormonal imbalances. Doctors Yi and Hu should gradually regain their original skin color once their liver is fully restored. Unfortunately, the doctors haven’t announced which drug they took that cause the change in pigmentation.