Qian Hongyan was just four when she lost both her legs. A speeding trucker left her for dead as she crossed the main road in her village of Zhuangshang in southern China.
For nearly two years Qian was immobile as she didn’t even have enough of her body left to sit up in a wheelchair. Doctors said her only hope of being able to move by herself again would be extensive surgery to allow her to be fitted with prosthetic limbs. Her parents couldn’t afford this treatment.
Qian’s granddad Yuan came up with a simple but effective treatment to get her moving again. He took a basketball the village boys had discarded and cut a hole just big enough for tiny Qian to fit into, padded the inside with stiff floor mats from his car, then propped her up inside. All of a sudden Qian was able to stabilize herself and was able to by move herself by rolling the ball in any direction she wanted. She supported herself using wooden handles.
From that day on Qian would not be stopped by any obstacle. She went back to school, started to play with her friends again, and started to get back the life of any girl her age. She began professional swimming training in 2007 and defied the odds of her double amputation to become one of the first members of the Yunnan Youth Swimming Club.
She won three gold medals in last year’s Yunnan Para Games and took a gold and two silver medals at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled (Under 18) in 2009 before continuing impressively at this year’s Para Games.
I should have added this in the original post but after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years. At 18 years old she is ready for her full adult prosthetics.
THIS IS SO AWESOME
"Sorry someone called you a "slut' would you prefer the male equivalent of getting drafted into a war and shot in the head?"
What even. :D
Yes, men are killed at war. So are women, either as soldiers or civilians. Women are also raped in huge numbers when a country is at war. Why it’s mainly men who fight a wars, then? Because once upon a time, males decided that females weren’t strong enough to fight wars. That’s what we still think.
"dude for fucking real! when my brother was telling my about oitnb, he told him "but just fyi, it's pretty borderline... *makes a disgusted face*" my dad was like "what??? gorey? violent??" and my brother was like "ugh, I wish! it's pretty borderline FEMINISM! Only so much of that bullshit I can watch before I have to turn it off" and my dad was like "*eyeroll so hard his eyes might've rolled to the back of his head* this is why you're single""
Hahhaa omg. :’D yeah i love oitnb but it’s hardly a feminist show…
"Female problems: Some meaniehead yelled something out of their car at me. Male problems: Genitals mutilated without consent, drafted into a war and killed. I see where the real oppression is! Meanwhile, men are raped, murdered, and assaulted at a higher rate than women are... but sorry someone called you a slut :(((("
…Men are raped, assaulted and murdered at a higher rate than women WHERE in the world exactly??? Besides, when males are victims of violence, they’re usually the victims of OTHER MEN’S violence. Women are also victims of men’s violence.I have and will be called a slut but that isn’t the case now. I have and will be verbally and physically harrassed and i’m lucky if i won’t be raped in my life time because that’s the kinda world we live in. But women all over the world are facing far bigger problems than i am and to give up feminism is to give up on all those women’s future. You can undermine my anger and incoherent rants and opinions all you want but i am and always will be a feminist because nowhere are women seen as equal to men even when it LOOKS like we’re already equal.
I’m reading the paper and two men were crying about how they need “equalism not feminismmm!!!!111” and i’m so mad and sad because. No. “Men are abused too and we have to enlist boohooooo” well howbout you tackle those problems from the male point of view, as SEPARATE ISSUES from women’s issues. Clearly women’s problems will ever be big enough to not be swept under the rug by males who are so conserned about angry feminists taking over the woooorrrrlllldddddd.
• this makes me so angry because i can't • sit these people down and talk to them about • well • the world around them • feminism • male problems • this post doesn't make any sense