BEIJING — Zhang Dan was among the first to respond when the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan needed help.
Shipped out in early February, the 36-year-old nurse worked grueling days in heavy layers of protective gear, ministering to patients who needed assistance from breathing to eating as the coronavirus raged.
Amid the emotional and physical trauma, a little street dog helped her through.
Zhang was among the 42,600 medical workers brought from all around China to bolster Wuhan’s overwhelmed medical system.
Hospitals were crammed with patients sick with COVID-19.
Now the dog, named Doudou, “Bean" in English, is joining her family in her northeastern hometown of Changchun.