Pic shows: The boy Wang Sanjin and his grandmother Zhou Xuelian;
The grandmother of a boy born with his limbs facing the wrong way is hoping the public will help fund surgery that would give him a chance at a normal life.
The one-year-old boy named Wang Sanjin was abandoned by his own parents at birth because of the defects which have left his hands and legs reversed at their elbow and knee joints.
The condition was considered so bad that Sanjinâs dad, from Zhumadian City in Central Chinaâs Henan Province, said he wanted nothing to do with the boy and that he would rather have another child.
But Sanjinâs grandmother Zhou Xuelian could not bear to simply cast the child out, so she brought him back to her own home and raised her with her husband.
In the 15 months since Sanjinâs birth, his dad has not visited once or provided any form of financial support, while his mum is as a migrant worker in another city.
Zhou and her husband, who are in their 60s and 70s, make a living by collecting and selling recyclable waste, and they are hoping to crowd-fund Sanjinâs treatment so he can potentially live a normal and independent life in the future.
Doctors have told Zhou that surgery to correct Sanjinâs bones would cost more than 300,000 RMB (34,642 GBP) â an amount she called "astronomical".
But with so many touching stories of crowdfunded medical miracles, the woman is hoping one can be performed on her grandson as well.
She was quoted as saying: "My husband and I are getting on now. Sanjinâs granddad is in his 70s and Iâm in my 60s. Who knows how long we can keep raising him for?"
"I hope some kind people will agree to help our boy, just so his condition can be cured and he can start taking care of himself, then we can rest easy."
Wang Sanjin was born with his hands and legs reversed at their elbow and knee joints. Now, his grandparents, who are the 1-year-old’s primary caregivers, are hoping to crowdfund to help cover corrective surgery for the boy.
Asia Wire Report (AWR) reported that Wang’s parents, who weren’t named, abandoned their son after he was born. His grandparents, who are in their 60s and 70s, make a living by collecting and selling recyclable waste.