Widow of Chinese Coronavirus Whistleblower Gives Birth to Baby Boy

When Dr. Li Wenliang died of COVID-19 several weeks after the Chinese whistleblower tried to warn the world about the coronavirus, his family was expecting to grow in the coming months.

Now his widow, Fu Xuejie, has welcomed their second child, a boy, to the world without him.

“Husband, are you watching from heaven? The last gift you sent to me has been born,” Fu said in a note posted to the Chinese social media platform WeChat. “I will definitely take care of him well.”

Friday’s bittersweet announcement comes more than four months after the death of the ophthalmologist, who had warned friends and former classmates about the novel coronavirus he’d seen sweeping through the city of Wuhan around the turn of the new year. For his efforts, Li received a reprimand from local authorities in January for “publishing falsehoods.”

Not long afterward, Li contracted the virus and died from complications connected with COVID-19 in early February.

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SOURCE: NPR, Colin Dwyer