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Obese boy trying back to normal life

(China Daily)

08:50, November 01, 2011

Le Le, weighing 155 kilograms, receives a body check at Beijing Huakang Hospital on Oct 18. [Photo by Zhang Wei/China Daily]

BEIJING - Le Le stumbled into the second-floor treatment room and immediately slumped into the nearest chair. His forehead was dripping with sweat after climbing the short flight of stairs.

"Fine, fine," he gulped between breaths, as doctors and nurses asked him how he was feeling.

However, as a 10-year-old boy weighing 155 kilograms, the boy is far from fine. But he's trying. After less than a month of treatment at Beijing Huakang Hospital, he has already shed 10 kg and medics say they have seen a marked change in his mood.

"He's a lot more open and willing to talk to us," said Niu Guichen, a doctor in traditional Chinese medicine who began treating Le Le on Oct 3.

"He used to just lie in the chair and make no effort to communicate. Now he brings us candies and plants."

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