Toronto area resident Jason Wang, whose elderly mother has contracted the coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China, says she is finally receiving care at a hospital thanks to The Epoch Times’ reporting on her case.
Wang approached the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times earlier this week to report that his 72-year-old mother had been told by doctors on Jan. 19 that she had contracted the coronavirus, but she wasn’t able to get treatment at a hospital.
The deadly virus has infected thousands of people in Wuhan and other locations in China and around the world.
“There are no beds in the hospital. Countless people are standing in line at the hospital, and some people can only lie in the hospital entrance or outpatient department,” Wang told The Epoch Times at the time.
Wang said the Wuhan No. 4 Hospital refused to admit his mother, and her subsequent follow-ups with the administration for coordinating medical care produced no results.
He said he called the director of the hospital administration, Ms. Zhou, on Jan. 26, but Zhou’s response was that she had reported the case to her superior and there was nothing that could be done at that point but wait.
Due to travel bans to Wuhan, no relatives could travel there by vehicle to care for his mother, who lives with Wang’s elderly father, Wang said, and he himself couldn’t fly there either. His mother had to stay in isolation at home, running out of food and supplies.
The day after The Epoch Times reported about his mother’s situation on Jan. 28, Wang said he received a call from Zhou, who had a completely different attitude, showing more concern for Wang’s mother and promising to arrange a bed for her.
“My superior already knows about her illness, the city’s senior management know about it, and they really care about her,” Wang quoted the director as saying. “My superior is paying attention to the availability of beds and wards. If there are any available, we will make it available for your mother immediately.”
Zhou then told Wang that for the time being his mother can get medicine from the community hospital and that if they encounter any issues, they should notify her directly.
Wang said his mother’s condition has now improved after getting medication at the community hospital.
“Director Zhou’s attitude is completely different now, it’s changed. Without that [Epoch Times] report, they wouldn’t care about my mother at all,” he said. “Thank you Epoch Times for your help saving my mom. I don’t know how to express my gratitude. Thank you very much.”
Wang added that the director of the community hospital told his father that they shouldn’t be talking to media.
Wang and his family moved to Toronto a year ago from Wuhan.
“I often read Epoch Times reports and have come to know a lot of the truth [about the Chinese regime]. I had been deceived by the Chinese Communist Party before,” he said, referring to Epoch Times’ independent coverage of China.
“I am thankful to Epoch Times staff for their hard work over so many years.”
This report was updated on Feb. 1 to add more details.