Half Man – Half Price Store

In life we keep  complaining about what is or why
we don’t  have. Half  the time we seem dissatisfied, though  full-bodied and
free to choose. Fat people  say,”I want to be slim.” Skinny people say,”I
want to be fatter.” Poor people want to  be rich and rich are never
satisfied with what  they have.   PENG Shuilin  is 78cms high. He was born
in Hunan Province ,  China .   In 1995, in  Shenzhen, a freight truck sliced
his body in  half. His lower body and legs were beyond  repair.   Surgeons
sewed  up his torso.   Peng Shuilin, 37,  spent nearly two years in hospital
in Shenzhen,  southern China ,   undergoing a series  of operations to
re-route nearly every major organ  or system inside his body.   Peng kept
exercising his arms, building up strength, washing  his face and brushing
his teeth.     He survived against  all odds.   Now Peng Shulin has
astounded doctors by learning to walk again after  a decade.   Considering
Peng’s  plight, doctors at theChina  Rehabilitation Research Centre  in
Beijing   devised an ingenious  way to allow him to walk on his own,
creating a  sophisticated egg cup-like casing to hold his  body, with two
bionic legs attached.   It took careful  consideration, skilled measurement
and technical  expertise.   Peng has  been walking the corridors of Beijing
Rehabilitation  Centre   with the aid of his  specially adapted legs and a
resized walking  frame. RGO is a reciprocating  gait orthosis, attached to a
prosthetic socket  bucket.   There is a cable attached  to both legs so when
one goes forward, the other goes  backwards.   Rock to the side, add a  bit
of a twist and the leg without the weight on it  advances,   while the other
one stays  still, giving a highly  efficient way of  ambulation.   Oh so
satisfying to  ‘walk’ again after ten years with half a body!

Hospital vice-president Lin Liu  said: “We’ve just given him a checkup; he
is fitter than most men his age.”     Peng Shuilin has opened his own
bargain supermarket, called the *Half Man-Half Price Store*.     The
inspirational 37-year-old has become a  businessman and is used as a role
model for other amputees.   At just 2ft 7ins tall, he moves  around in a
wheelchair giving lectures on recovery from disability.   His attitude is
amazing, he doesn’t complain.    *”He had good care, but his secret is
cheerfulness. Nothing ever gets him down.”*       You have a whole body.
You have feet. Now you have met  a man who has no feet. His life is a feat
of endurance, a triumph of the  human spirit in overcoming extreme
adversity. Next time you want to  complain about something trivial, don’t.
Remember Peng Shulin instead.

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