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Change of heart

By Liu Zhihua (China Daily)

08:34, May 24, 2012

A man, who lived with a protruding and defective heart for 24 years, is finally able to walk upright. He tells Liu Zhihua his story.

For the first time in 24 years, Huang Rongming's heart is concealed and his belly flat.

"It's a dream come true. I'm going to lead a normal life like everyone else," says the young man from a mountainous village in Xinyang city, Henan province.

Huang successfully underwent open-heart surgery in April at Wuhan Union Hospital, in the capital city of Hubei province, to correct the deformities.

Before the operation, Huang lived with his heart seen pumping through a thin layer of skin and bulging out from his upper belly.

It is a miracle he survived this long. When Huang was born, doctors had predicted that he would not survive, as his protruding heart had defects and was not well protected.

Doctors could try surgery, which would cost at least 50,000 yuan ($7,910), but Huang's parents, who are farmers, could not afford it.

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