Chicago Doctor Waded Into Coronavirus Outbreak, Willingly

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A University of Chicago professor of pathology happened to be in Wuhan, China early this year, just as the coronavirus started raging there. 

He decided to stay longer to help and is now sharing his story.

Dr. Shu-Yuan Xiao said doctors at “the front," as he calls it, were getting overwhelmed.

"I said, 'There's a shortage of doctors here. I'm a doctor. This is my hometown. These are my people,’” he told WBBM.

So, he stayed longer to help triage patients.

"Many doctors died, and they were pretty young. The youngest one was 29. Many of them in their 40s and 50s. And they were previously healthy. They were just like me,” Xiao said.

"They spent more time at the front. They got infected and died. But this could happen to anyone.”

Dr. Xiao said he received permission from U of C to stay and volunteer. He came back through California and finished his quarantine there 10 days ago.

"I consider this a life-changing event for me. Even though I'm old, I've never seen anything like this,” he said.