A Chinese boy who suffers from a rare disease that has caused his one of feet to swell to the size of a watermelon hopes he will be able to wear shoes after having corrective surgery.
Meng Weixin, 14, was born with congenital neurofibromatosis, which has caused his feet to expand several times beyond their normal size.
"I wish I could wear shoes like my classmates," Meng said.
"I wish I could run fast like they do. I wish I could go everywhere I want."
His wish may be granted after he underwent a four-hour procedure on Thursday to bring his feet back to normal size and allow his feet to regain around 70 percent movement.
Meng would wrap his feet in denim or cloth, causing them to freeze during China's harsh winters.
His right foot was so large it folded back on itself and reached half way up his leg.
Meng's poor family could never afford the surgery but the Shanghai Children's Hospital offered to perform the operation free of charge after one of Meng's teachers posted pictures of him online.
The doctor who undertook the potentially life-changing operation said the surgery was a success.
"The left foot is expected to recover satisfactorily, but the right foot has to be treated in two to three phases," chief surgeon Ying Hao said.
Meng is expected to be able to walk again within the next month.
Source: The Sun
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson