Jailed Chinese Nobel laureate's condition life threatening, says hospital

Jailed Chinese Nobel laureate's condition life threatening, says hospital

Jailed Chinese Nobel laureate's condition life threatening, says hospital

China has faced global pressure to let Liu travel overseas for treatment since he was transferred from prison to a Shenyang hospital after he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer more than a month ago.

"We are aware of reports that the medical condition of jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate and writer Liu Xiaobo is rapidly deteriorating", United States embassy spokeswoman Mary Beth Polley said.

A statement released Saturday by the Shenyang hospital quoted the Western physicians as saying to Liu's Chinese doctors: "We have no better options - you've already done a very good job", under the headline "American, German experts claim Liu has no better options overseas".

A German and a United States doctor visited Liu last weekend and said he was still strong enough to fulfill his wish to go overseas, but the hospital has issued increasingly pessimistic reports every day since then. At the Nobel ceremony in Oslo in 2010, he was represented by an empty chair.

A Chinese hospital said Tuesday it was scrambling to save terminally-ill Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, while human rights groups decried his treatment by the authorities and the leak of a video showing him in his sickbed.

USA and German cancer experts visited Liu last weekend and determined that he was strong enough to be medically evacuated, but the hospital has issued pessimistic medical updates since then.

Ms Nauert added that Washington is anxious not only about the welfare of Mr Liu, 61, but of other dissidents held by China.

Human Rights Watch's China director Sophie Richardson called the leak "grotesque propaganda".

"It's also legitimate to question if the authorities are releasing the information about his worsening health as an attempt to delay and justify not allowing Liu Xiaobo to leave the country", Poon added.

Liu was arrested in December 2008 for his part in drafting pro-democracy manifesto "Charter 08".

China has accused other countries of politicising the writer's case and interfering in China's internal affairs.

A day after reporting that Liu was in a critical condition, the First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern city of Shenyang said on Tuesday that the patient was "still in active rescue".

News searches for Liu's name on Baidu, China's largest internet search engine, have turned up no hits since February.

Human rights groups questioned the motives behind the leak of a video showing the U.S. and German specialists by the bedside of a gaunt-looking Liu as they speak to his wife, Liu Xia, and the Chinese doctors.

A group of volunteers comprising Liu's friends and activists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan began a petition on Change.org, to call for the release of the renowned dissident which has reached over 34,000 signatures in just 10 days, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

"We understand that the Chinese hospital treating Liu has invited U.S. and German medical experts to China for consultations", she said.

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