Man Born Folded Half Leaves Hospital Standing Straight After 28 Years
On 18th July 2020
Li Hua is a Chinese man who got diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an aggressive form of arthritis that causes severe inflammation on the joints. His condition was so painful at one point in life that he was forced to hunchback because of pain in his joints. As reported, there was only a gap of 5cm between his chin and thighs. Thankfully Professor Tao Huiren, who leads the spinal surgery and orthopedics department at the Shenzhen University General Hospital, agreed to operate on him and gave him a chance to live a happy normal life.
#1 This man spent almost three decades of life folded in half
We all know how back issues can be a sensitive topic for us. We all have encountered back problems at one point in life and the pain can give you some real sleepless nights. But this poor man in China spent almost three decades folded in half.
In 1991, the man named Li Hua was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an aggressive form of arthritis that causes severe inflammation on the joints.
#2 The pain was unbearable
Li Hua was only 18 years old at the time when the excruciating pain in his joints forced him to hunchback. Over time, because the pain has become so unbearable, it left Li's face pressed against his thighs for almost three decades.
As reported by AsiaWire, there was only a gap of 5cm between his chin and thighs.
#3 His mother was his biggest supporter in this journey
Talking to a news portal, Li Hua told that in the past 5 years his condition worsened. He was unable to sleep, eat, or do anything basic in life because of his situation. His family from Yongzhou, Hunan, couldn't afford to treat him, so his elderly mother reportedly became his full-time carer.
Even when he south treatment, doctors refused to do surgery as it was of high risk.
In May 2019, one Professor Tao Huiren, who leads the spinal surgery and orthopaedics department at the Shenzhen University General Hospital, agreed to operate on him.
AsiaWire reported that Professor Tao had treated patients with similiar conditions before, but none whose case was so severe.
#4 Li Hua is now able to function normally after the surgery
The surgery though was a complicated one. To fix Li's spine, it involved a four-part surgery, and during each part, doctors had to break Li's bones one section at a time - the femur, cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae and then lumbar vertebrae.
Following this, they had to straighten the entire spinal cord and rebuild it part by part.
Luckily for Li Hua, the surgery went extremely well, and he was allowed to sit up, then lift his head, then lie flat again.
#5 Hospital released before and after pictures too
After the surgery, the hospital released pictures showing Li being able to lie down, sit up, and even stand up straight for the first time in 28 years.
#6 He can walk freely with the help of a walker
It is reported that Li Hua can now walk around freely with the help of a walker.
Professor Tao added that Li will regain normal movement following just two to three months of physical therapy.
"There would've been no cure for me without Doctor Tao. He's my saviour, and my gratitude to him is second only to my mother," Li was quoted as saying.