Widow Of Coronavirus Whistle-Blower Dr Li Wenliang Gives Birth To Their Son
State-run Litchi News reported that Dr Li's wife Fu Xuejie gave birth to a little boy in a hospital in Wuhan.
Sharing the news on Chinese social media platform WeChat, she wrote: "Can you see it from heaven? The last gift you gave me was born today. I will definitely take good care of them."
Fu now has two sons with the late doctor, who died after contracting the virus.
Speaking to Litchi News, she said that following her husband's death she had suffered with health problems due to her grief, and had to be hospitalised to ensure the safety of her unborn baby.
Dr Li was an eye doctor working at a Wuhan hospital, where the virus outbreak began. In December he sent a message to other doctors saying he had seen seven cases of a virus that looked like SARS. He urged them to wear protective gear while at work to keep safe.
However, days after he shared the news in a group chat he was contacted by police who told him to 'stop making false comments' and was investigated alongside eight other doctors for 'spreading rumours'.
In a post on Chinese social media site Weibo, he explained that police had contacted him. In the post, translated by Sixth Tone, he wrote: "After I sent the message, the police found me and made me sign an official letter of criticism."
He shared a photo of the letter that was sent to him in January by police.
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In it, police claim he had 'severely disturbed the social order'.
It reads: "The police hope that you can actively cooperate with us, heed our advice, and stop your illegal behaviour. Can you do this?" To which Li responds, in writing: "Yes, I can."
The letter continues: "We hope you can calm down and reflect on your behaviour. We solemnly warn you: If you keep being stubborn, with such impertinence, and continue this illegal activity, you will be brought to justice - is that understood?"
Again, Li answers: "Yes, I do."
You can then see his signature and fingerprint appear at the bottom of the document.
Shortly after, Dr Li himself caught the virus and spoke about his experiences on social media before he died in February - he was 31.
Following his death there was a public outcry over the way he was treated and how the government handled the outbreak.
Authorities in China launched an investigation and later apologised to Dr Li's family, saying there had been 'shortcoming and deficiencies' in their response.
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