While the CCP vigorously brags about “the great socialist power defeating coronavirus,” tragic accounts of mistreatment emerge.
by Dai Quansheng
Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, CCP’s official media boasted about the “government’s flawless prevention measures” that “always put people’s lives, safety, and health first.” But testimonies received by Bitter Winter paint a different picture, demonstrating that the government-imposed measures ignored the fundamental human rights and endangered people’s lives.
Elderly woman commits suicide in despair.
“I feel blindsided and cheated by the government,” a man from Wuhan, the COVID-19 epicenter, who had lost his mother during the coronavirus outbreak, wrote in an open letter to the government. “The state sets its propaganda machine in motion every day to promote the news about its solid attempts to fight the epidemic, how the epidemic was put under control, and how many patients were treated, fully recovered, and were released from the hospital. It sounds too good to be true.”
He says in the letter that his 75-year-old mother, having been diagnosed with coronavirus on February 9, was transferred to an isolation unit. “During her isolation, no doctor treated her at all, and no one gave her injections, medicine, or other most basic care to prevent the deterioration of her condition,” the man writes. “No one cared about patients, even when they were dying.”
His mother told him that two older women next to her were barely breathing and constantly soiled their beds, but no one came to clean. She told her son that she had no choice but to wait for her death because nobody was treating her while in isolation.
After a week, the woman was transferred to the city’s No. 3 Hospital, where doctors only took her temperature every day and didn’t employ any treatment measures. “On February 26, the hospital declared my mother cured of coronavirus, and she was transferred to a medical observation facility for 14 days,” the man remembered.
On March 11, his mother was discharged home, disregarding that she had a continuous fever and felt unbearable pain in the stomach. Her family took her to a local general hospital to be hospitalized again, but the medical facility refused to admit her, claiming that her condition “did not meet hospitalization standards.” They went to other hospitals but were rejected each time.
The family couldn’t do anything, so they took the woman in severe pain back home. “My mother gave up all hope,” the man continued. “On April 15, she ingested pesticide and killed herself.”
In agony, the man sent an open letter to the local government, asking numerous questions: Why didn’t my mother receive timely treatment? Why was she declared well and discharged after a 14-day medical observation if she still had a fever and symptoms of a cold? Why was my mother refused in all hospitals even though she clearly showed signs of complications? What conditions meet the hospitalization standards? Needless to say, he never received any answers.
Many other similar cases of CCP’s disregard for human life during the epidemic caused anger among the populace, netizens angrily criticizing the authorities for “mere isolation without treatment.”
“The hospital repeatedly said they gave me the best treatment design, but in reality, they did nothing for me,” a 23-year-old university student from Wuhan called for help during her last moments alive at an isolation facility. “I’ll die in discontent!”
“Rather kill a thousand wrongly than let one go.”
On February 17, a woman from Lüliang city in the northern province of Shanxi was taken to a hospital after an accidental fall. She was diagnosed with cerebral infarction and hemorrhage. The hospital suggested transferring her to the Provincial People’s Hospital in the province’s capital Taiyuan.
Due to the three-hour drive in a warm car and pain-induced stress, the woman sweated through her clothes, and her body temperature at the hospital was 37.6℃. Without saying anything, the medical staff took her immediately to an isolation ward for patients suspected of having coronavirus.
On February 20, her nucleic acid test showed that the woman was not infected. But due to the forced isolation, her injuries from the fall were not treated in time, resulting in partial paralysis.
“During my isolation, a nurse tied my arms to the bed with a strip of cloth and didn’t give me anything to drink for two days,” the woman remembered with tears in her eyes. “She would disappear the moment she finished an injection.” When the woman returned home, the family noticed numerous bruises on her arms, her speech was incoherent, and she often had nightmares. When they contacted the hospital for an explanation, they were told that she had to be isolated because of the state-issued instructions that “during extraordinary times, you should rather kill a thousand wrongly than let one go.”