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Video said to show doctors discussing treatment for Nobel laureate with his family

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 July, 2017, 11:32pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 July, 2017, 11:32pm

A video appearing to show the family of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo discussing medical treatment with hospital staff was posted on YouTube on Saturday, as calls mount for China to allow him to go abroad for care.

The source of the video was not immediately clear, but it purported to show medical workers at the First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang in the northeast province of Liaoning telling Liu Hui, the younger brother of Liu’s wife Liu Xia, they had adjusted treatment for the Nobel Peace Prize winner. “We have carefully selected the medicine that is suitable for Liu,” a doctor in the video says. “The situation is okay right now.”

The doctor says treatment was adjusted upon request by Liu’s family after a consultation on June 7. Liu Hui is seen expressing gratitude to the staff and bowing. “I am deeply grateful,” he says.

Text displayed at the start of the video, which runs one minute 44 seconds, says it was taken on Friday. Shenyang judicial authorities released a statement on Saturday saying Liu was being treated by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, and his wife had approved the decision.

The 61-year-old activist was jailed for 11 years on subversion charges in 2009, after he participated in the drafting of Charter 08 that called for democratic reform on the mainland.

He was granted medical parole last month after being diagnosed with late stage liver cancer. His friends say Liu’s family want to send him abroad to receive treatment and is in contact with foreign diplomats, but officials say such an arrangement is unlikely.

The video was published on a YouTube channel operated by Mingjing, which earlier interviewed exiled tycoon Guo Wenguo, who has levelled allegations of corruption against top members of the Communist Party.