A bed-bound Chinese teenager who had cerebral palsy has died at home on his own. His father who was his sole carer has been quarantined in the hospital with coronavirus.
The 16-year-old was left on his own at home on January 17 when his father started to suffer from a fever three days after returning home from Wuhan and had to go to the village clinic for intravenous therapy.
On January 23 the news of the coronavirus outbreak reached the village and the boy’s father, Yan Xiaowen, 49, was listed as a suspected patient.
The deceased boy, known as Yan Cheng, was not suffering from any symptoms unlike his father and 11-year-old brother who has autism.
Both Mr Yan and his younger son were submitted to the appointed medical centre, Apple Blossom Township Clinic, to be isolated.
My Yan expressed concern for his elder son, as he needed round the clock care and could not eat or wash on his own. As a precaution, he rang a local charity group called Snail Home, as well as the Hubei Provincial of Disabled People for help.
He informed them that his son did not show any abnormalities when he left home for the hospital.
Zhu Wenqin, a spokesperson for Snail Home, says she asked local officials to feed Yan Cheng every day. Officials then told her that they had fed him once on the 24th and once on the 26th.
Yan Cheng’s aunt claims that she brought meals for the boy on the 23rd and once on the 24th, she also changed his nappy on that same day.
However, when she visited on the 28th she says he was in a “bad condition”.
The aunt said: “He lay on the couch with his head unsupported. There was dirty stuff around his mouth, on his face and in his duvet.”
The boy died yesterday at 2 pm, according to his father who was informed by officials whilst he remains in quarantine.
Chinese government-run site Red Hong’an confirmed the tragic death.
The website claims to have set up a special team to investigate Yan Cheng’s death further.
The man was allowed to go home and take a look at his son’s corpse before he was sent to the morgue.
Mr Yan has stated: “Until now, no one from the government has contacted me and told me how my child died.”
The official news has also confirmed that Mr Yan has been tested positive for coronavirus.
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