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As GUY ADAMS uncovers his links to a suspect regime just how much damage can Hunter Biden cause? 

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Hunter Biden is a 50-year-old American lawyer whose elderly father Joe hopes in just over a fortnight to unseat Donald Trump at the U.S. Presidential election.

He’s also a twice-married father of five kids (one via a fleeting affair with a former stripper) who has struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction for most of his adult life and in 2014, when his dad was Barack Obama‘s Vice President, managed to get booted out of the U.S. Naval Reserve for failing a drug test.

This week saw a vintage ‘October surprise’ when the New York Post obtained footage of Hunter variously: lying in bed smoking a crack pipe; reclining in the bath with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth; and starring in a 12-minute mobile phone video that, in the newspaper’s words, saw him hoofing class A narcotics ‘while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman’.

Most sensationally — if you believe the Trump camp, that is — it also published leaked emails that appear to implicate Joe in long-standing controversy over his son’s rackety business career. To understand why, you must first know that Biden Jr has for years been criticised for his lucrative but ethically questionable work overseas, which has often created apparent conflicts of interest with Joe’s official roles.

Hunter Biden (pictured right) is a 50-year-old American lawyer whose elderly father Joe (left) hopes in just over a fortnight to unseat Donald Trump at the U.S. Presidential election

Hunter Biden (pictured right) is a 50-year-old American lawyer whose elderly father Joe (left) hopes in just over a fortnight to unseat Donald Trump at the U.S. Presidential election

Hunter Biden (pictured right) is a 50-year-old American lawyer whose elderly father Joe (left) hopes in just over a fortnight to unseat Donald Trump at the U.S. Presidential election

For example, in 2014, when Joe, as Vice President, was helping to implement U.S. policy in Ukraine, Hunter took a highly-paid job with a Ukranian energy company called Burisma (of which more later).

Around the same time, he built murky and contentious connections with Russia, helping his investment advisory firm Rosemont Seneca receive some $3.5m from the billionaire widow of former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhov (best known on these shores for once donating £138,000 to Sadiq Khan’s Mayor’s Fund for London).

Then there was a somewhat dubious episode in China, where Hunter arranged for an entrepreneur called Jonathan Li, with whom he was setting up an investment fund, to hold a meeting (and enjoy a very public handshake) with Joe in a Beijing hotel lobby during an official visit.

Such ventures, in regions of the world hardly known for their probity, have always smelled distinctly whiffy. So what, then, ought we to make of the revelation that, when his father was Vice President, Biden Jr was doing business in a fourth cash-soaked but highly corrupt country?

Namely: Kazakhstan.

The Mail can reveal that between 2012 and 2014, Hunter worked as a sort of go-between for Kenes Rakishev, a self-styled ‘international businessman, investor and entrepreneur’ with close family connections to the kleptocratic regime of his homeland’s despotic former president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

(Nazarbayev is a name readers may be familiar with: he’s the dictator famed for taking Prince Andrew on occasional goose hunts.)

Emails passed to this newspaper via anti-corruption campaigners from the Central Asian country reveal that Biden Jr held extensive meetings with Rakishev, who was looking to invest a portion of his personal fortune in New York and Washington DC. He also travelled to the Kazakh capital of Astana to hold business discussions.

Hunter Biden then attempted to persuade Rakishev to buy into a Nevadan mining company, brokering a series of meetings with the firm, before convincing him to invest a cool million dollars with Alexandra Forbes Kerry, the film-maker daughter of Democrat Senator and former Presidential candidate John Kerry.

Rakishev, who wrote messages in broken English, appears to have become intimate with the Vice President’s son, calling Hunter ‘my brother!’ and ‘my brother from another mother!’.

They shared gossip about their family holidays and dined together at luxury restaurants in New York and Washington DC (‘I’m on vacation with family [at] Lake Michigan . . . trying to spend some much needed time with my wife and daughters. It’s my 20th anniversary of marriage tomorrow,’ Hunter told Rakishev in July 2013).

It may even be that Joe Biden himself was dragged into the oligarch’s orbit. An unverified photograph, published on the website of an anti-corruption group called the Kazakhstani Initiative on Asset Recovery, appears to show Hunter introducing his Dad to both Rakishev and one Karim Massimov, the former Kazakh Prime Minister.

So who exactly is Rakishev?

The New York Post obtained footage of Hunter variously: lying in bed smoking a crack pipe; reclining in the bath with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth; and starring in a 12-minute mobile phone video that, in the newspaper’s words, saw him hoofing class A narcotics ‘while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman’

The New York Post obtained footage of Hunter variously: lying in bed smoking a crack pipe; reclining in the bath with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth; and starring in a 12-minute mobile phone video that, in the newspaper’s words, saw him hoofing class A narcotics ‘while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman’

The New York Post obtained footage of Hunter variously: lying in bed smoking a crack pipe; reclining in the bath with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth; and starring in a 12-minute mobile phone video that, in the newspaper’s words, saw him hoofing class A narcotics ‘while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman’

In the UK, he is perhaps best known due to a bizarre 2008 episode when he’d helped a fellow oligarch chum called Timur Kulibayev use a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands buy a home from (that man again!) Prince Andrew: his Windsor mansion Sunninghill Park, which oddly went for £15 million, some £3 million over the asking price.

Coverage of the episode had noted that Kulibayev was the son-in-law of the aforementioned despot Nazarbayev, who ruled Kazakhstan for more than two decades, turning it into one of the world’s most corrupt kleptocracies.

Rakishev, for his part, is married to the daughter of a former mayor of the country’s capital city (recently re-named ‘Nursultan,’ after the elderly despot), who later served as its Defence Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. All in all it was an intriguing nexus.

Fast forward to 2012 and Rakishev had just joined Forbes magazine’s top-15 list of Kazakhstan’s ‘most influential’ tycoons, with estimated assets of some $332 million. Like many an oligarch in possession of a huge fortune, Rakishev was now looking for a safe place to park it, so had come to America in search of new places to invest his hard-earned roubles.

Sadly, things hadn’t gone entirely smoothly. For in the highly-regulated world of Western capitalism, Rakishev discovered that blue-chip investment partners were often reluctant to take his cash.

To blame? The fact that no one was entirely sure where his wealth actually came from.

For example, the leaked emails obtained by the Mail show that the International Finance Corporation, a highly respectable sister organisation of the World Bank, held preliminary talks with Rakishev about a business collaboration, before deciding to pull out.

I can reveal that the IFC then politely informed the oligarch that it ‘cannot invest with him’ because its ‘very deep due diligence processes’ had established that he had some ‘connections’ involving the ‘president’s family’ that ‘are a liability to us.’

Seemingly outraged, Rakishev responded that he would ensure that the organisation ‘never works in Kazakhstan with anyone.’

The United States Department of Justice then took an interest in Rakishev. It soon dragged him into an investigation of potential breaches the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act related to ‘an investment in the oil and gas industry in Kazakhstan’.

Though Rakishev immediately denied all wrongdoing, and no charges were ever filed, in September 2013 he decided to hire a notoriously expensive U.S. law firm called Greenberg Traurig to deal with incoming fire related to the probe.

It seems that two attorneys who led a team working the Kazakh’s case, John Pappalardo and Stanford Saunders, charged him in the region of $1,000 and $700 per hour respectively.

Hunter and Joe Biden (pictured left and right centre respectively) with oligarch Kenes Rakishev (far left). The Mail can reveal that between 2012 and 2014, Hunter worked as a sort of go-between for Rakishev

Hunter and Joe Biden (pictured left and right centre respectively) with oligarch Kenes Rakishev (far left). The Mail can reveal that between 2012 and 2014, Hunter worked as a sort of go-between for Rakishev

Hunter and Joe Biden (pictured left and right centre respectively) with oligarch Kenes Rakishev (far left). The Mail can reveal that between 2012 and 2014, Hunter worked as a sort of go-between for Rakishev

It was, doubtless, a very annoying (and expensive) business; not to mention highly frustrating for a man who had perhaps grown used to getting his own way. Which is perhaps what persuaded him to take meetings with Hunter Biden, a member of one of America’s most powerful political dynasties.

In May 2012, he was emailed by Hunter’s business partner Devon Archer, a lawyer and former Abercrombie & Fitch model. ‘Can you have dinner with me, Hunter Biden, Alex [Forbes Kerry] and team on Wednesday next week in NYC? I want to let Hunter know when he should come up from DC to see you on Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing you!’

Rakishev replied: ‘Hi Devon! I would be happy to have a dinner with you and all our friends! Thank you very much for invitations! Take care my brother!’

By July, Hunter had travelled to Astana to discuss business opportunities. ‘I wanted to check in with you and see what our next steps are to follow up on our visit to Kazakhstan,’ he wrote in an email to Rakishev sent shortly afterwards. ‘Let me know if you need anything from me.’

Three months later, Biden was helping Rakishev hold discussions about investing in Prospect Global Resources, a potash mining firm based in eastern Arizona.

Although the emails the Mail has seen show that the talks eventually broke down, he remained on friendly terms: ‘I wanted to reach back out to you and continue our conversations,’ Hunter wrote to Kulibayev on November 25, 2012. ‘I understand you and Timur evaluated PGRX but it was not a good fit at this time. Thank you for taking a look at it and for the quick feedback as well. Let me know when you’d like to connect.’

The duo remained in close contact throughout the following year, discussing a range of business ventures.

Then, in late October 2013, Biden’s partner Archer arranged a conference call between Rakishev and the aforementioned Alex Forbes Kerry, who was by then attempting to raise cash to launch a film production firm.

Immediately after the call that December, Rakishev emailed with happy news: ‘Thank you my brother from another mother! Thanks you very much my brother! We decided to invest 1 mln [million]! Give them my email!’

Ms Forbes Kerry, who has never publicly acknowledged her debt to Rakishev, finalised the deal in January 2014. The following month, she and Biden met Rakishev for dinner in Washington DC.

‘It was a pleasure to meet you with Devon and Hunter the other day,’ she told him by email afterwards. ‘I want to thank you for the beautiful watch! I am sorry I didn’t open it at the table. I misunderstood and thought it was a baby present so I only opened it when I was at home. It is absolutely beautiful and you are so generous . . . Please come to New York soon and bring your family. We will host you and your team.’

Rakishev responded that he intended to take up that offer in September. ‘Let’s be in touch!’ he wrote.

Sadly, at the time of this happy exchange, Biden’s marriage was in the process of breaking down. Things culminated in a spectacularly hostile divorce in which his wife Kathleen claimed he had spent ‘extravagantly on his own interests (including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs, and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations), while leaving the family with no money to pay legitimate bills.’

Rakishev is known due to a bizarre 2008 episode when he’d helped a fellow oligarch chum called Timur Kulibayev use a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands buy a home from (that man again!) Prince Andrew (pictured)

Rakishev is known due to a bizarre 2008 episode when he’d helped a fellow oligarch chum called Timur Kulibayev use a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands buy a home from (that man again!) Prince Andrew (pictured)

Rakishev is known due to a bizarre 2008 episode when he’d helped a fellow oligarch chum called Timur Kulibayev use a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands buy a home from (that man again!) Prince Andrew (pictured)

In 2017 it was revealed that he was dating Hallie Olivere, the widow of his brother, Beau Biden, a U.S. politician who died from a brain tumour in 2015. The pair separated a few months later.

Earlier this year, Hunter was meanwhile sued for child support by a former stripper called Lunden Alexis Roberts who successfully claimed he was father of her child. He recently married for a second time to film-maker Melissa Cohen.

By then, Hunter was of course the subject of a spectacular political controversy. This stemmed from his decision in 2014 to accept a $50,000-a-month job on the board of Burisma, a Ukranian gas and oil company.

The role, for which Hunter had no obvious qualifications (in an industry he’d never worked in), came at a time when his father Joe was touring the region as Barack Obama’s Vice President, seeking to shore up support for Ukraine’s government following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea.

Via Joe, the White House was not only lobbying Ukraine to become more energy independent by exporting oil and gas to the West, but also calling for its government to do more to root out corruption.

In particular, the U.S. and its allies were calling for the dismissal of the country’s top prosecutor who was, at the time, carrying out an investigation into alleged malfeasance at Burisma.

All of which meant that the Vice President of America appeared to be using his position to endorse policies that would generate huge profits for a company that had suddenly decided to hire his own son as a director.

As The Guardian newspaper at the time put it: ‘Putin’s propaganda people can take a long weekend. Their work is being done for them!’

This week’s emails leaked to the New York Post suggest that in return for his fat salary, Hunter in 2015 may have attempted to arrange for a senior Burisma executive called Vadym Pozharskyi ‘spend some time together’ with Joe in Washington DC.

It remains unclear whether any such meeting occurred. Indeed, Biden’s campaign, while not disputing the authenticity of the emails, this week issued a carefully-worded statement insisting that ‘no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place’.

Be that as it may, Donald Trump long ago developed something of an obsession with this affair.

Last year, it emerged he’d threatened to withdraw U.S. support for Ukraine unless the country’s government agreed to investigate Hunter Biden’s links to Burisma.

In Washington, this then triggered an eventually unsuccessful attempt to impeach Trump for misusing presidential powers by allegedly soliciting the interference of a foreign government to aid his re-election. By way of response, Republicans in the U.S. Senate commissioned a highly critical report into business affairs.

Buried on Page 70 of that 87-page report was the news on April 22, 2014 — just three months after the $1m film production deal was concluded — an offshore company called Novatus wired some $143,000 to Hunter Biden’s own firm Rosemont Seneca, saying that the cash was ‘for a car’.

The report added that the ‘sole shareholder’ of Novatus was one Kenes Rakishev, and says that his receipt of this cash was ‘especially concerning’.

But as we can today reveal, Hunter Biden’s real relationship with the hugely rich oligarch actually runs far deeper than anyone — even Donald Trump — has previously dreamed. 

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Katie Price denies ‘lavish lifestyle’ in Zoom call to bankruptcy hearing

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Katie Price today insisted she does not live a ‘lavish lifestyle’ during a remote bankruptcy hearing from a £1,400-a-night Maldives retreat.

The model, 42, said ’90 per cent’ of her globe-trotting was for business and even passed off her current five-star getaway as a ‘work assignment’. 

In recent days she has been flaunting her luxury-laced holiday with 31-year-old boyfriend Carl Woods on Instagram, showing her relaxing on yachts or pool-side. 

It is believed to be her sixth holiday since being declared bankrupt last November.

The mother-of-five today patched in to a hearing via Zoom after her jet-setting was brought to the attention of judges through an anonymous tip-off. 

The model 42, has been flaunting her lavish holiday with 31-year-old boyfriend Carl Woods on Instagram in recent days

The model 42, has been flaunting her lavish holiday with 31-year-old boyfriend Carl Woods on Instagram in recent days

The model 42, has been flaunting her lavish holiday with 31-year-old boyfriend Carl Woods on Instagram in recent days 

At today’s hearing via Zoom Price said: ‘I appreciate I haven’t been easy to contact. I have been places physically and emotionally,’ according to the Sun

Price reportedly said she was seeing a therapist and had hired an accountant to help manage her finances.

Her bankruptcy came after the High Court found she had failed to stick to a plan to repay her debts, estimated to be around £800,000.

The mother-of-five is reportedly not due to be discharged from her bankruptcy until next month and is supposed to pay any money she makes to creditors. 

This includes both money that she makes through work or any income from selling her belongings.

Price has repeatedly gushed over her boyfriend of five months Woods during their sunny Maldives visit. 

Taking to Instagram, she posted a loved-up selfie with the former Love Island star while they were on a yacht out at sea. 

She said: ‘It feels so amazing to finally be happy and settled thanks to @carljwoods.’

The couple are staying at five-star resort You & Me Maldives, with rooms coming with a price tag of an eye-watering £1,400-a-night 

Bankruptcy: The TV personality, 42, is facing this bankruptcy hearing after someone 'anonymously tipped the court off' about her multiple holidays and lavish lifestyle

Bankruptcy: The TV personality, 42, is facing this bankruptcy hearing after someone 'anonymously tipped the court off' about her multiple holidays and lavish lifestyle

Bankruptcy: The TV personality, 42, is facing this bankruptcy hearing after someone ‘anonymously tipped the court off’ about her multiple holidays and lavish lifestyle

The TV star also shared a video of their stunning accommodation and the beach surrounding it, which she captioned: ‘This resort is amazing.’ 

Price used to be able to fund her lifestyle through modelling, reality TV shows and fragrances when she was at the height of her fame in the 1990s and 2000s.

But her only regular sources of income nowadays appears to be her Quest Red TV show My Crazy Life, her YouTube channel and plugging paid products on her Instagram account.

Katie has previously been married to singer Peter Andre, cage-fighter Alex Reid and former stripper Kieran Hayler. 

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Police officer, 41, is found not guilty of murdering his wife

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A married police officer who was accused of strangling his lover of ten years to death after she revealed their affair to his wife was today found not guilty of murder.

Timothy Brehmer, described as a ‘man wh**e’ and ‘womaniser’ in court, was alleged to have ‘angrily’ throttled nurse Claire Parry in his car in West Parley, Dorset, in May – moments after she texted his detective wife ‘I’m cheating on you’ from his phone.

But although the 41-year-old police constable used enough force to fracture her neck in three places, jurors in Salisbury decided he had not intended to kill Mrs Parry.

Today, after a 12-day trial, Brehmer remained emotionless in the dock as he was acquitted of murder after jurors deliberated for two hours and 50 minutes.

However, the Dorset Police officer of 17 years still faces a lengthy jail term as he admitted killing mother-of-two Mrs Parry by manslaughter. 

Timothy Brehmer, described as a 'man wh**e' and 'womaniser' in court, with his wife Martha

Timothy Brehmer, described as a 'man wh**e' and 'womaniser' in court, with his wife Martha

Timothy Brehmer, described as a ‘man wh**e’ and ‘womaniser’ in court, with his wife Martha

Brehmer had been accused of the murder of nurse Claire Parry (pictured) in a Dorset car park

Brehmer had been accused of the murder of nurse Claire Parry (pictured) in a Dorset car park

Brehmer had been accused of the murder of nurse Claire Parry (pictured) in a Dorset car park

Brehmer claimed Mrs Parry (pictured) accidentally suffered the fatal injury in a 'kerfuffle' in his car

Brehmer claimed Mrs Parry (pictured) accidentally suffered the fatal injury in a 'kerfuffle' in his car

Claire Parry

Claire Parry

Brehmer said Mrs Parry (above) accidentally suffered the fatal injury in a ‘kerfuffle’ in his car 

Brehmer’s mother, Rosalyn Chivers, and his sister Kirsten cried and hugged each other moments after the verdict was delivered.

In his trial, Brehmer said he was trying to push Mrs Parry out of his car in a struggle after she confronted him because she was ‘angry’ at discovering his previous affairs.

He described the incident as a ‘kerfuffle’, claiming he ‘fell on top of her by accident more than anything’ and his arms must have ‘slipped up’ around her neck while he was behind her in a ‘piggy-back position’.

He sobbed as he told jurors: ‘I’m responsible for her death. I must have [used too much force]. I absolutely did not want to kill her or cause serious bodily harm. I didn’t intend to kill her.’ 

Brehmer, pictured with his wife Martha, he was acquitted of murder at Salisbury Crown Court

Brehmer, pictured with his wife Martha, he was acquitted of murder at Salisbury Crown Court

Brehmer, pictured with his wife Martha, he was acquitted of murder at Salisbury Crown Court

Timothy Brehmer

Timothy Brehmer

Timothy Brehmer

Mrs Parry was left with ‘unsurvivable brain injuries’ after she was strangled in the car park of the Horns Inn pub at about 3pm on May 9 and died in hospital the next day.

Her marriage to Dorset Police officer Andrew Parry was falling apart as he discovered her relationship with Brehmer, also of Dorset Police, however Brehmer’s detective wife, also from the same force, had no idea about his flings.

Brehmer said: ‘Never for one second did I ever intend to hurt her, we’d been seeing each other on and off for 11 years, I can’t say that I loved her but I definitely cared for her.

‘Things had changed recently, it had all gone so wrong. It was always the unwritten rule of the affair that you don’t ask about the other people but all of a sudden she wanted to know all about my life.’ 

A sketch of Timothy Brehmer giving evidence in his trial at Salisbury Crown Court last week

A sketch of Timothy Brehmer giving evidence in his trial at Salisbury Crown Court last week

Brehmer gives evidence in court last week

Brehmer gives evidence in court last week

A sketch of Timothy Brehmer giving evidence in his trial at Salisbury Crown Court last week

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Recalling the struggle, he added: ‘She was on her front in a press-up position. I didn’t mean to hurt her, I fell on top of her by accident more than anything.

‘I was trying to grab hold of her, my arm was around her.. it was just a kerfuffle. If you imagine a piggy-back.. to hold on you have to have your arms around them.

‘I was directly on top of her like a piggy-back, I was trying to bump her out of the car. I was trying so hard to get her out and she was actively doing all she could to stay in.

‘My left arm was around the top of her chest, by the collarbone, but it must have slipped up in all the melee. 

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

Police body cam footage showing the arrest of Timothy Brehmer

‘I was slowly getting her out of the car but I don’t know how long it went on for.

‘I’ve tried to think about this every day since I’ve been in prison, maybe she was trapped in the car I don’t know. There’s so many ‘what if’s’ that go through my brain.’

Salisbury Crown Court heard Brehmer had at least three affairs outside of his 14-year marriage.

Detective Constable Kate Rhodes, who ‘quickly fell in love’ with Brehmer, branded him a ‘man-w***e’ and the police officer even described himself as a ‘devious bastard’ who kept his wedding ring on during affairs.

Brehmer and Mrs Parry used ‘secret chats’ to communicate, had sex as often as twice a week and just days before the incident the pair had an ‘intimate quickie’. 

A police photograph of Brehmer's grey Citroen car in which Claire Parry died at the Horns Inn

A police photograph of Brehmer's grey Citroen car in which Claire Parry died at the Horns Inn

A police photograph of Brehmer’s grey Citroen car in which Claire Parry died at the Horns Inn

Brehmer is seen on CCTV at the Horns Inn in West Parley after meeting Parry on May 9

Brehmer is seen on CCTV at the Horns Inn in West Parley after meeting Parry on May 9

Brehmer is seen on CCTV at the Horns Inn in West Parley after meeting Parry on May 9

Brehmer’s wife has not seen her husband since he killed Mrs Parry. Brehmer’s family and friends have insisted he is a ‘true gent’.

It can also be revealed today that, so distressing was the trial, one juror had to be discharged because of the impact it was having on her mental health.

Brehmer, who admitted manslaughter but denied murder, is a former traffic officer who was seconded to the National Police Air Service and lived with his wife and their nine-year-old son in the village of Hordle in Hampshire’s New Forest National Park.

Mrs Parry, who had an eight-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy with her husband Andrew, a Dorset Police officer, was a nurse practitioner at a medical centre in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Brehmer will be sentenced for manslaughter at 2.30pm this afternoon. 

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Coronavirus: Wuhan doctor, 42, whose skin turned dark due to COVID-19 treatment makes full recovery

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A Chinese doctor whose skin suddenly turned dark due to coronavirus treatment has appeared in public for the first time since his colour returned to normal.

Dr Yi Fan, 42, has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after contracting the disease while treating patients at a hospital in Wuhan in January.   

His abnormal skin tone was caused by an antibiotic drug he had taken during intensive care, a spokesperson previously said. 

Dr Yi Fan is pictured lying in a hospital bed with dark skin earlier this year after getting COVID-19

Dr Yi Fan is pictured lying in a hospital bed with dark skin earlier this year after getting COVID-19

New footage shows him speaking to media with his usual skin tone on Monday

New footage shows him speaking to media with his usual skin tone on Monday

Dr Yi Fan is pictured lying in a hospital bed with dark skin (left) earlier this year after getting COVID-19. New footage shows him speaking to media with his usual colour (right) on Monday

Dr Yi fell ill shortly after the virus broke out in Wuhan and before the health crisis swept across the world, killing more than one million people so far. 

The medic is a cardiologist at Wuhan Central Hospital.

He is a colleague of late COVID-19 whistle-blower Li Wenliang, who was reprimanded by Wuhan police for sounding the alarm of the virus and then died from the disease.

Another of Dr Yi’s co-worker, Dr Hu Weifeng, contracted COVID-19 on the front line on the same day as him.

Dr Hu’s skin also turned dark during the treatment. He died in early June after fighting the virus for nearly five months. 

Dr Yi (pictured before falling ill) beat COVID-19 after doctors hooked him to a life-support machine for 39 days

Dr Yi (pictured before falling ill) beat COVID-19 after doctors hooked him to a life-support machine for 39 days

He is seen after being revived in a clip released by Beijing Satellite TV

He is seen after being revived in a clip released by Beijing Satellite TV

Dr Yi (pictured on the left before falling ill) beat COVID-19 after being hooked to a life-support machine for 39 days. He is seen (right) after being revived in a clip from Beijing Satellite TV

Pictures presented at a press conference shows Dr Yi Fan on May 9 (left) and on April 6 (right)

Pictures presented at a press conference shows Dr Yi Fan on May 9 (left) and on April 6 (right)

Pictures presented at a press conference shows Dr Yi Fan on May 9 (left) and on April 6 (right)

Dr Yi showed up in Wuhan’s Taikang Tongji Hospital on Monday after resting at home for more than five months.

In a video released by Hubei Today, the medic looked like his old self, was in good spirits and did not wear a face mask. 

He was there to thank a doctor who had helped save his life and happened to be in Wuhan yesterday.

The clip shows Dr Yi saying ‘thank you’ to Wang Chen, an academician specialising in respiratory diseases and critical care. He also gave Mr Wang a bouquet.

‘Academician Wang is my saviour. I need to thank him for sure,’ Dr Yi told journalists at the scene.

Dr Yi appeared in public for the first time yesterday to thank a doctor who helped save him

Dr Yi appeared in public for the first time yesterday to thank a doctor who helped save him

'Academician Wang is my saviour. I need to thank him for sure,' Dr Yi told journalists

'Academician Wang is my saviour. I need to thank him for sure,' Dr Yi told journalists

Dr Yi appeared in public for the first time yesterday to thank a doctor who had helped save him (pictured). ‘Academician Wang is my saviour. I need to thank him for sure,’ Dr Yi told journalists

Previous footage released by Beijing TV Station shows Dr Yi and his colleague Dr Hu lying in their sickbeds with their dark skin on April 6 in Wuhan’s Tongji Hospital.

Prof Duan Jun, the deputy director of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at China-Japan Friendship Hospital, said the medical team had given Dr Yi and Dr Hu Polymyxin B, a last-resort antibiotic.

He said the drug had caused hyper-pigmentation in the doctors’ bodies, but the condition would slowly disappear as they recovered, according to a televised clip of a press briefing on May 9.

Initially, the medical team thought that their abnormal skin colour was caused by hormonal imbalances after the virus had damaged their livers.

Dr Yi told his doctor on April 6 that he was recovering well and his wounds had largely healed

Dr Yi told his doctor on April 6 that he was recovering well and his wounds had largely healed

Dr Yi told his doctor on April 6 that he was recovering well and his wounds had largely healed

Dr Yi and Dr Hu were both diagnosed on January 18.

The pair were taken first to the Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital and then transferred to Tongji Hospital’s Zhongfa Xincheng branch, according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Dr Yi saw his condition improved after doctors had hooked him to a life-support machine called ECMO for 39 days.

ECMO is a drastic life-support procedure which replaces the function of the heart and lungs by pumping oxygen into the blood outside the body.

Dr Hu Weifeng (pictured on the left before falling ill), a colleague of Dr Yi, also saw his skin changing colour during his COVID-19 treatment

Dr Hu Weifeng (pictured on the left before falling ill), a colleague of Dr Yi, also saw his skin changing colour during his COVID-19 treatment

The medic died from COVID-19 in early June

The medic died from COVID-19 in early June

Dr Hu Weifeng (pictured on the left before falling ill), a colleague of Dr Yi, also saw his skin changing colour during his COVID-19 treatment. The medic died from COVID-19 in early June

Speaking to CCTV from his hospital bed on April 20, Dr Yi said he had mostly recovered.

He said he could move in bed normally, but was still struggling to walk independently.

Dr Yi confessed that the ordeal of battling the deadly disease had, to a certain degree, traumatised him.

He told a reporter: ‘When I first gained conscious, especially after I got to know about my condition, I felt scared. I had nightmares often.’

He said he was trying to overcome the psychological hurdle. He added doctors often comforted him and had arranged counselling for him.

Dr Yi was discharged by the hospital in early May. It is reported that he has totally recovered from COVID-19 and can now live without assistance.

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