In desperation, she sneaked into a press conference with a visiting WHO team last month to ask about possible treatment for her father, but Shanghai officials cut her off before she could complete her question.
“Even though the doctor said the possibility was zero, I never gave up,” she said. “If he can recover, I’ll stay with him. I’ll take the place of my mother and take care of him.”
However, her father had seen the rapid deterioration in his wife’s health and the symptoms described by a public health poster in Huashan hospital. As he fell ill, he recognized the symptoms in himself.
“When my mother passed away, my father just held her hand and said: ‘Wait for me. I’ll be there to accompany you,’” Gu said.