Dr. Ai Fen Bio, Wiki
Dr. Ai Fen is a Chinese doctor and director of the emergency department of the Central Hospital of Wuhan. She is the first medical personnel to disclose the 2019–20 coronavirus epidemic to the outside world. She was given the nickname “The Whistle-Giver” in an article in the Chinese People magazine which the Chinese regime has censored but which has been reposted on the Chinese internet using emojis, Morse code, and pinyin to circumvent the censorship.
On March 30th, She was reported to have disappeared — stirring fears that she was detained.
Ai Fen, Head of Emergency at Wuhan Central Hospital, has disappeared.
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) March 30, 2020
Dr. Ai Fen Education
Ai Fen had pointed out cases of the illness to colleagues at Wuhan Central Hospital, eight of whom were reprimanded themselves, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported.
In 1997, Ai Fen graduated from Tongji Medical College (now a part of Huazhong University of Science and Technology) and worked in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine of Wuhan Central Hospital. She served as the director of the emergency department in 2010.
Dr. Ai Fen Coronavirus Whistleblower
On December 30th, 2019 Dr. Li Wenliang — who worked with Ai and who died in early February 2020 — sent out a warning over the WeChat messaging app advising fellow med school grads to wear protective clothing to avoid infection after several patients from a local seafood market exhibited symptoms similar to SARS.
His attempts to sound an early alarm were denounced by authorities for “rumormongering.”
On March 10th, 2020, the People magazine in China interviewed Ai and published her first-person account in its March article “The Whistle-Giver”. The report was forcibly removed within three hours of its publication on 10 March. The original report on the WeChat public account of the journal got deleted before noon; the mainland media that forwarded the article also deleted the article
In a startling admission of error late in March 2020, the ruling Communist Party said Wuhan’s police force revoked its admonishment of the doctor, which had included a threat of arrest.
Dr. Ai Fen Missing
On February 1st, She was reported to have disappeared — stirring fears that she was detained.
“Just two weeks ago the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central hospital went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world,” RFA tweeted. “She has now disappeared, her whereabouts unknown.”
Soon after the program aired, Ai posted a cryptic message to her page on the Chinese social media site Weibo. “A river. A bridge. A road. A clock chime,” read the post, coupled with a Wuhan cityscape photo.
Nearly two weeks earlier, she had posted, “Thank you for your care and love. I’m fine at the moment and I’m still working.”
And on Wednesday, April 1st, she shared a post captioned, “Happy April Fools Day,” showing her wearing a lab coat and mask, apparently at work at the hospital.
RFA, however, reports that detainees in custody in China either update their own social media accounts under authorities’ orders, or police may do so after gaining access to their devices.