Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Is Said to Be Suffering Organ Failure
HONG KONG – Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s peace is deteriorating, with his liver, kidneys and respiratory functions failing, the hospital treating him, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
Liu, who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for organizing a pro-democracy manifesto, was reported to have liver cancer in late May and has moved to a hospital in the northern city of Shenyang.
The First Hospital of Medical University of China said on Wednesday that doctors had recommended tracheal intubation, but his family had rejected the request.
The family of M. Liu could not be located independently to confirm their condition. His wife, Liu Xia, has been under strict house arrest since receiving the Nobel Prize in 2010. Photos apparently issued by hospital authorities show her husband to the hospital.
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo faces 11-year prison sentence on December 24, 2009
M. Liu, 61, said he wanted to be treated overseas, but his lawyer said the authorities did not let that happen. United States and Germany doctors visited M. Liu Saturday and said he could be moved, but his condition worsened seem.
He knows septic shock and blood clotting, the hospital said.
“The condition of the patient endangers life and the hospital did everything possible to save it,” the statement said. “Members of the family are already familiar with the situation.”
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M. Liu was a university professor and literary critic in Beijing has become a prominent figure in the Tiananmen protests in 1989. A hunger strike was held in the last days of the event, and helped students withdraw from the Tiananmen Square, while the army moved. He was imprisoned after the first of the multiple jail.
In 2008 he was arrested for the battle of Letter 08, a manifesto calling for democracy to end the authoritarian regime in China. It was signed by hundreds of academics and activists, a number that has already become more miles.
When he was convicted of inciting subversion in 2009, Liu said in court that he hoped he would be “the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisitions and now no one will be incriminated because of expression.”
His statement was read during his Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo the following year, and an empty chair was left in place because the Chinese authorities did not allow him to travel for the event.
Human rights groups and some governments have requested that M. Liu and his wife be allowed to travel for treatment. President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan, joined on Wednesday. “I ask #Beijing #LiuXiaobo release and let you seek treatment wherever you want,” he said on Twitter. “#Taiwan willing to provide medical care.”