March '08 - Wan Lao Yang.
watching TV today and flicking through the
channels and saw a documentry about a nine
year old girl from China named Wan Lao Yang.
a skin disorder which made her more sensitive
to UV light and caused her to grow tumours on
her face. Her nose and most of her left eye
were destroyed by it. She had to stay out of
the light and had been donated a special coat
with a hood to protect her for when she went
outside, the tumours had got so big though
that the hood on the coat would hurt her face
when she wore it.
from a poor family and her grandfather had
been giving her herbal medicine which had no
effect other than staining the tumour black.
The tumour also smelled and she was shunned
by other people in the village, she was
desperate to go back to school and be normal
Atherton from London was a skin care
specialist and he was sent to see her. They
wanted to see if he could do something about
her appearance, he said it had got beyond
that stage and he had to remove the tumour to
save her life, they would worry about her
appearance afterwards. If they knew about it
sooner then it would have been a simple
operation but the tumour was deep in her face
and may have spread to other parts of her
traveled with her father to Shanghai for the
operation, her mother said that as long as
her daughter was normal again then she (the
mother) could die rested, the mother wasn't
ill she just meant that her daughter's well
being was the main thing she wanted from life.
Yang constantly had a positive attitude but
there was a heartfelt scene when she cried on
the phone talking with her mother and sister.
It was hard to watch and I felt upset
the operation but she was left with a hole
where her nose and left eye were, she had a
skin graft from her tummy that failed and
then she had another from her leg. The Dr was
saying that she could get an attachment body
part to fill the hole left in her face once
it had fully healed, he showed pictures of
other people with fake noses and eyes and she
felt pleased with the quality of them.
was worry about what would happen to her in
the future and the Dr said that she would be
very lucky if she would live more than
another ten years. Then the programme ended
and as the credits went up I noticed the
documentry was two years old so I wondered
what had happend to her since and looked her
up on the internet.
out what happend on Yahoo Answers because
other people had asked the same question from
when the documentry was on before. She died
on June 25th 2006 just a few weeks after the
operation, her cancerous tumor had spread to
other parts of her body.
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