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   Undertoad  Wednesday Dec 6 11:57 AM

December 6, 2006: Halved gent lives on



Yes, that's half a guy up there, being placed on his cart by his son as they head out on a tour of Beijing.

The very fine Spluch finds this news item at Xinhua, and translates for us:

Quote:
On 9 March 2004, this 46-year-old man was hit badly by a truck causing the bones below his abdomen to be crushed in Shenzhen, China. Doctors spent 7 months trying to rescue him from death and they succeeded. Due to the lost of the lower half of his body, his height has been reduced from 1.62 meters to 0.78 meters and now weights only 33 kg.
Apparently they were able to transplant enough skin to cover all the exposed bits, and then they literally built him new plumbing for both liquid and solid waste.

I'm not sure how much time I would spend in public, if it were me. I'd just wobble in front of the monitor. But it's remarkable that the guy lived at all, much less to the point where he could get around with help.


Shawnee123  Wednesday Dec 6 12:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
I'm not sure how much time I would spend in public, if it were me. I'd just wobble in front of the monitor. But it's remarkable that the guy lived at all, much less to the point where he could get around with help.
Wobble...snort snort!

Well, there you halve it...modern medicine is amazing.


LabRat  Wednesday Dec 6 12:50 PM

Wonder if the increased blood flow to his (second) brain increased his mental abilities at all?



milkfish  Wednesday Dec 6 01:24 PM

I had been wondering where all the Asian threads had gone off to.

They should put an angled mirror on his cart so that he can enjoy the view better as his son wheels him around town.



Elspode  Wednesday Dec 6 03:20 PM

You know, some days I have trouble figuring out why it is worth it to go on, just because things aren't going exactly peachy for me. Then I see half a man, and have to feel incredibly guilty that I ever do anything besides sing Zippadedoodah and tap dance.

"I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man with no feet" - Unknown

"I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man with no cock" - Mr. Mike



Spexxvet  Wednesday Dec 6 03:25 PM

I'm gonna have to try that diet. He lost half his body weight in no time!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Dec 6 03:29 PM

I guess the doctors felt it was a challange..... but I can't help wondering if the guy appreciates it or not.



Trilby  Wednesday Dec 6 03:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet
I'm gonna have to try that diet. He lost half his body weight in no time!



barefoot serpent  Wednesday Dec 6 04:39 PM

The Cellar: finding out how the other half lives.



Clodfobble  Wednesday Dec 6 04:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
I guess the doctors felt it was a challange..... but I can't help wondering if the guy appreciates it or not.
I'd imagine so... there are lots of people with no legs in the US who are happy to be alive. This guy's situation is a little worse since apparently a wheelchair is not an option, but at least he's not like that IOTD of a little girl awhile back who had to crawl around with only half a basketball protecting her lower edge. At least this guy's got a cart and a family to help take care of him.


astrodex  Wednesday Dec 6 05:01 PM

Good thing he wasn't in Haiti with the face tumor girl. The doctors would have shaken a dead chicken at him and sent him on his way. Isn't modern superstition wonderful?



SydneyBoy  Wednesday Dec 6 05:10 PM

I was in Cambodia once and I was having lunch at some lunch stall place and a small boy pushed up a wheelchair containing a man with no arms and no legs - just a torso with a head on top. It tore my heart out to see... poor man unable to do anything but rely completely on his young brother to move him around.

Im not sure if he lost his limbs in a landmine accident (there are lots of those in Cambodia) but it seems a little unlikely to lose all four limbs neatly at the shoulder/hip joint and still survive the explosion. Then I started hearing stories about parents who do nasty things to their children when young to increase their begging potential and wondered if his parents had done it deliberately.

I gave him some money but wondered if I should have because they have begging syndicates and such where the beggars don't actually keep the money they beg, it goes to some master beggar somewhere.

Then I thought wouldn't it be amazing if I could get some money together and buy the guy a motorized wheelchair that he could steer with his mouth and give him a little independence from his brother. But someone would just nick it off him.

Damn its a cruel world.



DanaC  Wednesday Dec 6 06:22 PM

Y'know...when you just skim read a title, cause like you've been on the computer too long and your eyes are tired......I entered this site expecting to see a halved giant, so I am somewhat disappointed.



Ibby  Wednesday Dec 6 09:23 PM

blech, cambodia, that reminds me... im getting dragged there after christmas.
hooray for forced vacation...



Q baby  Wednesday Dec 6 10:51 PM

i think it's cool his dad takes care of him like that. especially since there are so many dads out there who don't do that.



mitheral  Thursday Dec 7 02:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SydneyBoy
Im not sure if he lost his limbs in a landmine accident (there are lots of those in Cambodia) but it seems a little unlikely to lose all four limbs neatly at the shoulder/hip joint and still survive the explosion. Then I started hearing stories about parents who do nasty things to their children when young to increase their begging potential and wondered if his parents had done it deliberately.
Could have been thalomide maybe.


SPUCK  Thursday Dec 7 03:57 AM

Quote:
Could have been thalomide maybe.
Excellent point mitheral. thalidomide


joelnwil  Thursday Dec 7 03:28 PM

Why didn't they cast him as the bad guy in the latest "Wild Wild West"? They would not have needed any special effects.



rkzenrage  Thursday Dec 7 08:07 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Q baby
i think it's cool his dad takes care of him like that. especially since there are so many dads out there who don't do that.
Yup, some suggest that you get put into a home for "your own good".

S-not half-as-bad as it could have been.


Scazrelet  Thursday Dec 7 09:12 PM

And in perfectly bad taste: (singing) I'm half the man I used to be...



busterb  Thursday Dec 7 09:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ibram
blech, cambodia, that reminds me... im getting dragged there after christmas.
hooray for forced vacation...
Ibram. I have to take exception to this post. I have a little time in south east Aisa, and would love to have the money to go back.
I try to understand that as a young man, you didn't ask to be where your are.


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Dec 7 09:20 PM

But Buster, I don't think his 'rents would let him visit the places you'd go.



busterb  Thursday Dec 7 10:04 PM

I'm mit Bruce on this.



SydneyBoy  Thursday Dec 7 11:07 PM

Nah thalidomide leaves little stumpy limbs, there was nothing to be seen there at all.

Going to Cambodia? Go to the place in Phnom Penh where you can fire the AK47!



oh yeah and see all the beautiful temples and things too...



SydneyBoy  Thursday Dec 7 11:10 PM

Oh, i also forgot to say at the same place you can pay $200 and they'll let you fire a rocket launcher.

And if you fork out another $100 they will give you a COW to shoot it at.



Aliantha  Friday Dec 8 05:17 AM

That's just wrong on so many different levels SB...



SPUCK  Friday Dec 8 05:46 AM

Naw! Only one!



footfootfoot  Friday Dec 8 08:19 AM

What's the half-life of a Chinese man?



rkzenrage  Friday Dec 8 10:29 AM

Ow... my brain.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Dec 8 12:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot
What's the half-life of a Chinese man?
You're going to hell for that, young man.


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