A Chinese rights activist and former winner of the European Union's Sakharov human rights prize is critically ill in hospital after being admitted last weekend. Hu Jia, 43, was taken to Beijing's You'an Hospital on Saturday with acute pancreatitis, and is critically ill, he told RFA.
"I have been taken ill with sudden acute pancreatitis, and I called the ambulance myself," Hu told RFA in a video sent from his hospital bed on Tuesday. The doctor diagnosed me, then issued a critical notice," Hu said. "Acute pancreatitis carries some likelihood of death ... I am on nil by mouth and a 24-hour drip," Hu said. "This situation requires intensive care, but I am still conscious, although very weak following several days of anti-inflammatory medication."