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A miracle of a “mirror mother” melts hearts

(People's Daily Overseas New Media)    15:21, January 11, 2019

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Su Xiaolin, a “mirror person” in Qidong, a city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, never believed that she would one day give birth to another new life.

As soon as Su was born, she was told by a doctor that she would die before she became an adult, for she was diagnosed with a congenital condition called situs inversus, which causes major visceral organs to become reversed or mirrored from their normal positions. What’s worse, in order to save her life, Su’s parents used plastic ties for 80 days on their 7-day-old daughter to try to correct the direction of her legs and feet, which eventually causes her legs to lose function.

Although the congenital anomalies disabled Su, who weighed just 25 kg and stood at 1.1 meters, her indomitable courage inspired her to make every effort to move on, and in 2007, she opened a lingerie store, which she developed into an online shop two years later, reported news portal ThePaper.

As Su grew more confident and her life improved, the flower of love quietly bloomed. Yang Haijun, a patient with poliomyelitis, was touched by Su’s enthusiasm and optimistic character and the two later married.

In 2012, Su was pregnant. Although those around her tried to dissuade her from having the baby because of her condition, she still insisted on being a mother. At 3 months into her pregnancy she developed breathing problems due to pressure on her lungs and her stomach got crushed as the baby’s head started to grow a month later.

After 32 weeks of struggle, Su became the first “mirror person” to successfully give birth to a healthy and adorable baby.

“Stay optimistic and strong and you will find your own happiness,” Su said.

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