Inspired by video from South China Post.
yesterday, I watch a documentary about a folded man and his successful surgery.
Well, the story I am going to share with you today is about Mr. Li Hua from the
city of Yongzhou in central china’s Hunan province. At the age of 18, he was diagnosed with
ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that,
over time, can cause some of the small bones in your spine (vertebrae) to fuse.
This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward
posture. If ribs are affected, it can be difficult to breathe deeply (Mayo
did not have the financial means for proper treatment and relied on his elderly
mother for 28 years and she was only his full-time carer. His entire upper body
was folded onto lower limbs in permanent and he cannot lift his head to eat and
drink. Later when his situation worsens over time, his family sought medical
help from the native province in 2018 but was refused surgery because of the high
risk associated with the operation.
in 2019, Li’s family reached to Dr. Tao Huiren who is
also a lead professor and surgeon at
Shenzhen University General Hospital. Dr. Tao has performed several
surgeries related to spinal code and of similar to Mr.Li. However, Li’s
condition was critical.
Tao accepts the challenge and agreed to perform surgery even though the case
was difficult and risky. He informed Li’s mother about the risk associated with
surgery that might end his life too. And here is her reply, “what if I die and
he is still sick? Who will take care of him?”
reply hit my mind and could not hold my tears. I cried alone in the quarantine
center and missed my parents. With a little amount of penny they earn, they buy
us cloth, food, mobile, and the list goes on. It made me miss you more my dear
to treat him, they have to break his bones and then straighten his entire
spinal cord. The risk associated with him was 20-30 times more than normal
spinal code surgery since they have to break and fix his bone.
Li had to go through four surgery. The first one is to break and reconstruct
thigh bones, breaking and reconstructing his cervical spine, breaking and
reconstructing his lumbar spine, and finally reconstructing the hip joint. “My heart aches, of course it pains. But what
else can we do? He has suffered over 20 years. He can endure pain, it is
ok”. Li’s mother said it firmly and
four successful surgeries, Li was finally able to lift his head and walk with
the help of a walker. And hospital describes this surgery as summiting Mount
Everest and it was recorded for the first time in China.
today, Mr. Li is thankful to Dr. Tao and his team for saving his life. Of
course, believes that he was lucky to have his mother at his difficult times.
Inspired by video on SouthChina post (youtube).
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