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Armless but not defeated

By Xu Wei and Sun Ruisheng  (China Daily)

09:36, April 16, 2013

Whenever Luo Fengzhi has time, she visits Wu Zhenfeng, 3, also born armless, and tutors him on how to use his feet. (Yan Yan / Xinhua)

Her plight would have made a lesser person give up, but Luo Fengzhi had the love, courage and perseverance to move forward in life despite her disability.

Born armless, Luo Fengzhi, 30, has proved that feet can be capable alternatives. Luo, from Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, has been a subject of extensive media coverage since she was in primary school and her story has been a source of inspiration to many.

She became the focus of the media again recently when she became the life tutor of a 3-year-old, also born armless, abandoned and then adopted in Taiyuan earlier this year.
"I kept telling people: It does not make sense to complain about life. Even if you are disabled, your life can still be wonderful," she says.

Life has never been easy, but looking back, Luo says she has survived, and experienced both bitter and sweet moments with the help and support of so many kind people. She says she also needs love, courage and perseverance and that's what she hopes to share, to inspire and encourage others.

"I might not have a life as splendid as many aspire to, but I do have a life that I enjoy," she says. "I hope, through me they can see the future of the child and hold on to it," she says, referring to the adoptive parents of her little charge.

Luo, born in Wucun village, Qingxu county in Taiyuan, was abandoned by her biological parents. She was abandoned a second time by another family who took her home before being finally adopted by her current parents who lived in the village nearby.

"My mother told me I barely survived the low temperatures in April and there were already ants in my belly when my uncle took me home," she says.


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