Dr Xu Hui: Doctor Who Fought COVID-19 in the Frontline Died After 18 Days of Battle

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Back in 2003, during the SARS outbreak, a Singaporean doctor, Dr Alexandre Chao, rushed back from the US to Singapore.

His reason?


He had wanted to fight the mysterious virus back then. And in order to ensure his family’s safety, the hero in white coat didn’t even kiss his wife and two young daughters.

All he did was to call them, because back in 2003, video conferencing wasn’t a thing yet.

He died soon after.

Here’s an image of how a hero looks like:

Image: Nestia

During a crisis like this, we’d have seen many selfish people doing inconsiderable things, and stories of unsung heroes would be buried.

So let’s take this opportunity to hail another one of the many heroes who shall not be buried in the sea of bad news.

Meet Dr Xu Hui.


Unsung Hero: Doctor Who Fought COVID-19 in the Frontline Died After 18 Days of Battle

Dr Xu Hui is a doctor in Nanjing Hospital, located at the Jiangsu province in China.

While it’s not located in Wuhan, the epicentre of CVOID-19, Jiangsu has a total of 515 confirmed cases as of 11 February 2020.

The 51-year-old doctor was the vice-head of the Nanjing Hospital of Chinese Medicine.

But she was also the one of the doctors who was tasked to lead a team to treat patients with COVID-19.

In other words, she’s on the frontline. In fact, the very frontline.

The doctor has been working consecutively for 18 days in the fight, and unfortunately, she won’t have the chance to sing the victory song with her teammates.

It was announced that the doctor, who was extremely dedicated to her work and led by example, passed away on the early morning of 7 February 2020 due to a “sudden illness”.

It’s not mentioned if it’s related to COVID-19.

But I’ll go out on a limb to say that it of course is related; even if it’s not the virus, it’s the exhaustion from fighting that nasty bug.

Jiangsu Party secretary had praised Xu, calling her a role model for other medics.

28YO Healthcare Worker Had Died Earlier In Fight Against COVID-19

On 3 February 2020, it was also reported that a 28-year-old healthcare worker had died after working 10 days consecutively, probably due to overwork.

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In the meantime, let’s not let these people’s efforts to go waste. Doing our part plays a big difference in the fight against COVID-19.


Keep yourself healthy, practise good personal hygiene and be socially responsible, and you’d have become the angels in this fight.

What angels, you ask.

Watch (and read) this and you’ll understand: