Published On: Mon, Nov 26th, 2012

Meng Weixin, Chinese boy recovering well following his ‘giant feet’ surgery

The first surgery on a 14-year-old Chinese boy for his deformed feet succeeded on Thursday in Shanghai.

Meng Weixin suffers from a rare disease that causes his feet to swell and his toes to twist. Weixin cannot wear any shoes or walk because his feet have grown to be so large.

Meng Weixin

One of the boy’s teachers posted his condition online and the Children’s Hospital of Shanghai (SCH) contacted Meng’s school and showed their willingness to provide the boy medical examination with treatment for free.

The first surgery last four hours, according to Ying Hao, the SCH Chief Surgeon, and was described as a success. The teen is expected to walk wearing a special made pair of shoes in a couple of weeks.

“The surgery was successful. The left foot is expected to recover satisfactorily, but the right foot has to be treated in two to three phases,” Ying Hao said.

“I wish I could wear shoes like my classmates. I wish I could run fast like they do. I wish I could go everywhere I want,” said Meng Weixin.

Now Meng gets closer to his dream, even though his feet might only recover 70 percent of normal feet as he has missed the best time for treatment due to poverty.

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