IMPRISONED NOBEL WINNER IS DYING
BEIJING» American and German specialists saw imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo on Saturday and confirmed that he is in the final stages of terminal liver cancer, the hospital treating him said.
China allowed the two doctors to travel to the northeastern city of Shenyang to see the country’s most prominent political prisoner following international criticism of Beijing’s handling of Liu’s illness and calls for him to be treated abroad.
The First Hospital of China Medical University said in a statement on its website that the two foreign experts “fully affirmed” Liu’s treatment plan so far, but that Liu’s prognosis was grim.
The experts’ visit comes as Liu’s illness has taken a turn for the worse. Chinese doctors said Friday that they have stopped using cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his severely weakened liver.
Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.