Chinese Doctor Who Postponed His Wedding Dies Fighting COVID-19

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A 29-year-old doctor from Wuhan who postponed his own wedding to fight the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19), has died from the virus.

Peng Yinhua, a doctor in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, where the virus is believed to have originated, passed away on Feb. 20 at the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, according to Chinese state media Xinhua.

 

Peng was reportedly working at the First People’s Hospital of Jiangxia District of Wuhan when he became infected. The doctor was hospitalized on Jan. 25 and was later transferred to Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital to be treated on Jan. 30.

The doctor was engaged to his fiancée and was supposed to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, Business Insider reported. However, the couple delayed their wedding so that he could treat those who were infected by the virus.

His fiancée, whose name was not revealed, is pregnant with his child, Shanghaiist reported.

Peng never had the chance to send out their wedding invitations which were still in his office drawer, Agence France-Presse reported via Hong Kong Free Press.

Chinese social media users are mourning Peng’s death on Weibo where many hailed him as a hero.

“We will never forget these heroes,” one user commented. “They selflessly gave it all, I think we will always remember them.”

Peng is one of at least eight medical workers to have died from the COVID-19 outbreak.

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