A teenage girl suffering from untreated cerebral palsy now weighs less than 2 stone
The 13-year-old named Qian Qian, who stands at just 2 feet 11 inches tall, was diagnosed with crippling muscle disorders at the age of two, before which she appeared completely normal.
According to Qian Qian's mother, Tan Yinqiong, the girl's skin was fair and she was growing up a smart child in Chongqing city's Kaizhou District, in south-western China.
However, at 24 months Qian Qian's legs began twisting inwards and she gradually lost the ability to stand, while her motor functions decreased rapidly as well.
Doctors in Chongqing gave the girl's family a damning diagnosis: she had cerebral palsy.
Despite catching the illness relatively early, Qian Qian's family did not – and still do not – have the resources to put her through intense physical therapy, which would have significantly reduced the speed at which CP spread through her body.
As a result, Qian Qian is now extremely weak, unable to do anything by herself, and does not weigh more than 1.5 stone.
Qian Qian stands at just 2 feet 11 inches tall
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The teenager's parents are farmers and earn just enough money to make ends meet
Tan was quoted as saying she "couldn't believe" that such bad luck had befallen her family, but she has vowed to care for daughter as long as she lives.
Qian Qian's parents are farmers and earn just enough money to make ends meet.
Local government officials said Qian Qian qualifies for a state disability subsidy, but the support comes in the form of just £6 a month.