Mar 3, 2020|

In Line of Fire: A Driver at JD and His Wife in Wuhan


by Ling Cao

“You can do it! Our son and I will be here for you when you return!” Bo Ye, a JD Logistics driver, sent a WeChat message to his wife, Yanping Gao, the head ICU nurse at the Maternal & Child Health Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, is volunteering in Wuhan.

Since Chinese New Year at the end of January, Bo and Yanping have been 1,000 kilometers apart from each other. Yet, both of them are working on the frontlines to aid the fight against COVID-19. While Yanping is in the epicenter of Wuhan, Bo is working in logistics at Nanning, capital of Guangxi, to ensure delivery of daily necessities and medical materials.

January 25: On the Chinese New Year’s Day, Yanping gave Bo a quick call to inform him that she decided to enlist to help the people of Wuhan. Bo expressed that he fully supports her decision, and then decided to return from his hometown Chongzuo, about 120km away, to Nanning, the next day.

January 26: Bo returned to Nanning, while Yanping stayed at her hospital working through the night.

January 27: Yanping quickly packed while Bo drove her to the hospital for departure with the medical team to Wuhan. When Bo returned from the hospital alone, he couldn’t help but ask himself how they will make it apart during the Chinese New Year holiday. That same night, Yanping – who is among the 137 members of the Guangxi medical aid support team – arrived in Wuhan.

January 28: While Yanping prepared to provide medical aid to the people of Wuhan, Bo returned to work, transporting medical donations to and from warehouses. He said, “No matter what it is, there will be someone to offer support when it arrives.”

January 31: The medical aid support team is divided into three groups to manage three areas: two in public ward and one in ICU. A nurse with over a decade of experience, Yanping said, “I have more experiences dealing with more medical equipment when working at ICU in the past, let me do that.”

Bo met Yanping years ago through her father’s work. The couple married in 2013, and had their first son in 2014. In 2015, when built a warehouse in Nanning, Bo – an experienced driver hoping building his future in logistics industry – decided to work as a driver at JD.

Bo calls Yanping every night to connect with her. They didn’t want their son to worry about his mother, and so decided to not tell him about her staying in Wuhan. Their son, who is with his grandmother in Qinzhou, about 100km south of Nanning, figured it out and sent mom an encouraging video to continue her fight in Wuhan.

Bo and Yanping were moved by their son’s message. Their hope is very simple: to conquer the epidemic and reunite as early as possible.