Patient in sunset photo recovers from virus

Chen Xiaoli
Elderly man who was photographed watching the sunset in Wuhan from his hospital bed with his doctor by his side is discharged from hospital after his recovery.
Chen Xiaoli

An elderly patient who was photographed watching the sunset in Wuhan from his hospital bed with his doctor standing by his side was discharged from hospital on Thursday.

The 87-year-old man, Wang Xin, hugged medical staff who had helped him beat the virus before he left Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University (east branch) at 1pm.

Patient in sunset photo recovers from virus

Wang Xin hugs a doctor before leaving hospital.

Patient in sunset photo recovers from virus

Wang Xin receives a certificate from the hospital saying he is its No.1399 "winner."

The sunset photo, taken on March 5, had warmed the hearts of many people across China when it was posted online.

The doctor in the picture is Liu Kai, 27, who was sent to Wuhan from Shanghai Zhongshan Hospital to join the battle against the virus. On that day, he and volunteer worker Gan Junchao had wheeled the seriously ill Wang who had been in hospital for about a month to take a CT scan.

Liu noticed the sunset on their way back to the ward and suggested they pause to enjoy it. Gan took the picture of old and young bathed in golden light.

On March 30, knowing that the doctors and nurses were returning to Shanghai, Wang, formerly a violinist with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra, played the violin to pay homage and express his gratitude to the professionals from Zhongshan Hospital.

According to reports, Wang will now undergo 14-day quarantine and medical observation at a rehabilitation center.


Patient in sunset photo recovers from virus

Dr Liu Kai and patient Wang Xin enjoy the sunset in Wuhan on March 5.

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