A Chinese student struck down with coronavirus has shared his journey from infection to recovery saying at one point he thought he 'was knocking on hell's door'.
The 21-year-old student, who goes by a pseudo name Tiger Ye, first suspected of catching the illness when he felt too weak to finish his dinner at home in central China's Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly outbreak.
He rushed to Tongji Hospital with fever on the early hours of January 22 but had to wait hours to be tested.
Ye relived the moment of what he saw in the hospital and said: "I was scared. Countless cases were piling up on the desks, and every single doctor was wearing protective clothes, something I'd never seen before."
As doctors diagnosed his symptoms as mild, he was told to self-quarantine at home and he bought himself some medicine in hope to alleviating the symptoms.
But his condition became increasingly severe and his health deteriorated over the next four days.
Ye explained: "I suffered from a high fever and pains that tortured every part of my body.
"I was coughing like I was going to die."
Later, a CT scan at the hospital showed Ye had possibly contracted Covid-19 and it had spread to his lungs.
But the doctors refused to run diagnostic tests on him as hospitals were running low on test kits.
He had no choice but to continue taking medicines at home.
One night, his temperature soared to 39C and he said: "I though I was knocking on hell's door."
Ye made a visit to the hospital again where doctors prescribed him with Kaletra, a drug used to treat HIV, and put him on an IV drip.
While recovering in the quarantine zone, Ye finally secured a testing kit and was tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
Following a course of anti-viral drug and close monitor, Ye was finally cleared of the virus nine days later on February 7.
Ye was lucky to be one of the survivors after a three-week ordeal. He thanked the medical staff who put their own lives at risk to help him.
The outbreak has spread to 25 other countries, bringing a total of 67,094 confirmed cases and 1,526 deaths.
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