CHINA 23-year-old woman embraces new life after surgery removes facial deformity

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23-year-old woman embraces new life after surgery removes facial deformity

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15:20, August 16, 2020

A 23-year-old woman has had a facial deformity removed by surgery, bringing her closer to her dream of becoming a teacher. 

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(Photos provided by Xiaoqiu)

Xiaoqiu, an alias the woman uses for privacy, from Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, was diagnosed as having a facial deformity at age 12. For quite a long time, she has difficulty chewing and speaking. 

In 2013, the girl’s mother died of cancer. Her father died in a car accident three years later. Since then, she has lived with her grandmother.

Graduated from a normal school with distinction, Xiaoqiu was still haunted by the facial deformity in her job-seeking process. Although villagers raised 50,000 yuan ($7,190) for her, it was far from enough to cover the expense of plastic surgery.

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A national ethical role model, Guo Mingyi, learned about her story and offered to sponsor Xiaoqiu for a plastic surgery and contacted the hospital. In a hospital from Shenyang, Liaoning Province, Xiaoqiu underwent the surgery.  

On August 4, Xiaoqiu walked out of the hospital with not only a change in her look, but also with a more confident personality. She turned down job offers from schools in Beijing and Shanghai and chose to teach in Tibet.

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"I want to help more children see the world outside the mountains," Xiaoqiu said. "I’d rather become a volunteer teacher in poverty-stricken areas as a way to repay all the love and kindness I received."

(Compiled by Ye Jizen)

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