It's spring again: Stronger after the pandemic | Updated: 2021-04-08 17:35
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It's been a year since the lockdown of Wuhan was lifted. From an elderly patient who recovered from COVID-19, and a medical worker couple who made their car a temporary home, to a courier who managed to mobilize an incredible scale of resources to support the fight against the virus, ordinary people have shown the way forward after the pandemic.

Wang Xin

"I want to live to 100 to see what our society will be like then."

Left: Wang Xin plays the violin in March 2021, almost a year after his battle with COVID-19. Right: Wang Xin and his doctor Liu Kai watch the sunset on their way to take a CT scan on March 5, 2020, at Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University in Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

The melodious sound of a violin echoed in a residential community in Dongxihu district in Wuhan as winter turned to spring in March. Wang Xin, 89, enjoyed the moment after recovering from COVID-19.

On Feb 11, 2020, Wang was diagnosed with COVID-19 and admitted to Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University for treatment.

Wang, an elderly man with underlying medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease, which caused decreased oxygen saturation, was in critical condition. Medical workers saved him from the verge of death with utmost care and attention.

During his hospital stay, a photo of him appreciating the sunset on a sickbed in the company of a doctor went viral and has become one of the iconic heartwarming moments during the pandemic.

Wang was discharged from the hospital on April 9, 2020, and his health steadily improved after months of recuperation.

Wang and Liu Kai, the doctor in the photo, met again in Wuhan on Sept 4. Leaning on a stick, Wang gave Liu an affectionate hug and thanked all the medical staff for their life-saving efforts.

"I will turn 90 in a couple months and have lived through both the old society and the new one. The people used to be starving in the old days. Now China is capable of quickly bringing the pandemic under control and life back to normal, I truly feel the strength and progress of our country," Wang said.

"I want to live to 100 to see what our society will be like then," he added.

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