Li Hongfang, 40, a Chinese mother of two sons, living in Tianchao village, Qianxian county, in west China’s Shaanxi province admitted to shy away from public after 70 tumors started engulfed her face and thought herself a monster. But her husband loves her anyway despite of the horrible face.
But her amazing transformation back to normal life after a hospital offered a surgery for free.
Li Hongfang suffered a rare type of bone cancer causing tissue to grow under her skin distorting her features beyond recognition. She was forced to endure this type of condition called Chordoma for more than a decade for lack of money to pay hospital expenses.
But her case was recognized and touches the hearts around the world shaming the country’s ailing health services. In response, a hospital in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province offered to carry out surgery for free which normally costs £60,000.
Tens of millions of Chinese people, particularly those living in the countryside, cannot access a doctor or afford treatment.
Officials are debating a programme which aims to provide health insurance for all its 1.3 billion people by 2020, but at present, the health system falls far behind the needs of those it is supposed to be treating.