Chinese cerebral palsy victim dies after quarantine guardian for virus

Elias Hubbard
February 6, 2020

His body was found in his home at Huajiahe Town in Huanggang City, Hubei Province on Wednesday, a week after his father and brother were placed in quarantine. Yan Cheng, who was confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy, was abandoned at home when his father was isolated because of a fever. After he was quarantined, he allegedly took the Chinese social media platform Weibo in a plea for someone in the village to check on his son.

But the message, entitled "A request for help from a father diagnosed with new coronavirus", came too late. The local Communist Party secretary and mayor were fired because they had "failed to fulfil their responsibilities", officials said.

The 17-year-old, who could not talk, walk or eat alone, and whose mother died a few years earlier, had no one to feed him or help him with daily life.

Two officials in China have been removed from their posts after a teenager with cerebral palsy died when his father - and sole carer - was quarantined for suspected coronavirus.

As of this writing, the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Wuhan coronavirus) has now spread to 27 countries and territories worldwide, with 20,696 confirmed cases, 427 deaths, and 781 recoveries. The new born's father is already a coronavirus patient and the family is now quarantined in the hospital with the baby in full hazmat gear.

China's top leadership has admitted to "shortcomings and difficulties" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, as state media said a new hospital built at breakneck pace began receiving patients in the epicentre of the crisis. According to global reports, the boy is delivered healthy and has been sent to Wuhan's Children's hospital for further tests.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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