This Girl Just Took Her First Step Ever at 26 Years of Age

After seven procedures and a treatment period of 10 months, Chen could finally stand. (Image: China Times)
After seven procedures and a treatment period of 10 months, Chen could finally stand. (Image: China Times)

A young woman from Xiamen has a rare condition she has been seeking help for since her childhood. It became so bad that she couldn’t even lift her feet off the ground.

Chen Tuanzhi has suffered from a very severe knee dislocation since birth. Both knees point in opposite directions, making her body look kind of “L-shaped,” so she has only been able to move by shuffling on her knees.

As a child, her family took her to hospitals in mainland China, but were told: “We can’t do anything as the kid is too small.” They went back a few years later, and then the doctor said: “We can’t do anything for her because she’s too old.”

Chen lived with her reversed legs for over 20 years.

Then this year, after being treated at Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital in Taiwan, she finally took her very first step aged 26!

Director of orthopedics, Chen Yinghe, pointed out that this serious condition is extremely rare, and there are only two cases of such surgery in medical literature in the world. Coupled with Chen’s ankle equinus deformation, it was the first case he had ever seen in his 30-year career, according to China Times.

After seven surgeries and a treatment period of 10 months, Chen could finally stand and her height “stretched” from 3’1 to 4’2. But she still has to go through a difficult rehabilitation period to learn how to walk.

She felt very grateful, and told the media: “It’s incredible watching my feet walking forward step by step. I feel happy, especially because I can finally lie down in bed with my whole body.”

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