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                O        f the many healthcare providers who have emerged as heroes of the
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                         COVID-19 pandemic, one ophthalmologist particularly stands out.
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                         Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, who worked at Wuhan Central Hospital, was one of
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                         the first people to recognise the outbreak of COVID-19. On December 30,
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                resembled severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Wuhan, Hubei province,
                China. He encouraged them to protect themselves from infection. Days later, he was   ASSOCIATE EDITOR
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                summoned to Wuhan’s Public Security Bureau and made to sign a statement in which                      C
                he was accused of making false statements that disturbed the public order.   SPECIAL ADVISOR, CONTACT LENSES  M
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                Dr. Li returned to work after signing the statement and contracted the virus,     MEDIA COORDINATOR / COPY EDITOR /   J
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                apparently from a patient, shortly afterward. When he died on February 7, 2020,  CM
                it sparked outrage in China: citizens voiced their gratitude for Dr. Li’s dedicated                   MJ
                front-line service and criticized the initial response of Wuhan’s security and medical   WEB COORDINATOR  CJ
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                officials to his warning. Dr. Li is now officially hailed as a hero in China.  CMJ      SET YOUR SIGHTS ON SOMETHING MORE
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