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 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.
#EverydayHero A 29-year-old front line doctor, Peng Yinhua, passed away on Feb 20 in #Wuhan. He had postponed his wedding to fight the novel #coronavirus epidemic. Now he will never see his fiancée in her wedding gown. R.I.P. #COVID19 #China pic.twitter.com/vu9rIJk8OW
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) February 21, 2020
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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