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HISTORY Putting Lenin on the train: History's biggest blunder

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MUSIC Handel: A composer who knew the value of a quick turnaround

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WUHAN WHISTLEBLOWER DOCTOR  DIES OF VIRUS HE WARNED ABOUT

All across China, people are talking about Dr Li Wen Liang. He was the doctor who discovered the novel coronavirus and, in the early hours of February 7, 2020, died of the same virus.

Li Wen Liang

October 12, 1986–February 7, 2020

R.I.P.

In December last year, he was arrested for being a whistleblower, “spreading rumours” about a mysterious pneumonia-like virus.

He continued to care for patients up until he was infected himself.

He leaves a toddler and his wife, who is also infected and eight months pregnant with their second child.

Dr Li Wen Liang penned a deeply touching poem, translated here, of how he would miss his family and his beloved Wuhan.

At the end, he quotes from St Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 4:7.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

THE HERO WHO TOLD THE TRUTH

I don’t want to be a hero.
I still have my parents,
And my children,
And my pregnant wife who’s about to give birth,
And many of my patients in the ward.
Though my integrity cannot be exchanged for the goodness of others,
Despite my loss and confusion,
I should proceed anyway.
Who let me choose this country and this family?
How many grievances do I have?
When this battle is over,
I will look up to the sky,
With tears like rain.

I don’t want to be a hero.
But as a doctor,
I cannot just see this unknown virus
Hurting my peers
And so many innocent people.
Though they are dying,
They are always looking at me in their eyes,
With their hope of life.

Who would have ever realised that I was going to die?
My soul is in heaven,
Looking at the white bed,
On which lies my own body,
With the same familiar face.
Where are my parents?
And my dear wife,
The lady I once had a hard time chasing?

There is a light in the sky!
At the end of that light is the heaven that people often talk about.
But I’d rather not go there.
I’d rather go back to my hometown in Wuhan.
I have my new house there,
For which I still have to pay off the loan every month.
How can I give up?
How can I give up?
For my parents without their son,
How sad must it be?
For my sweetheart without her husband,
How can she face the vicissitudes in her future?

I am already gone.
I see them taking my body,
Putting it into a bag,
With which lie many compatriots
Gone like me,
Being pushed into the fire in the hearth
At dawn.

Goodbye, my dear ones.
Farewell, Wuhan, my hometown.
Hopefully, after the disaster,
You’ll remember someone once
Tried to let you know the truth as soon as possible.
Hopefully, after the disaster,
You’ll learn what it means to be righteous.
No more good people
Should suffer from endless fear,
And helpless sadness.

“I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race.
I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness.” 2 Timothy 4:7




























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