CHINA Girl who lost leg in earthquake admitted to traditional medicine school


Girl who lost leg in earthquake admitted to traditional medicine school

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16:24, August 23, 2022

Zhu Yu holds her admission letter (Photos:

In 2008, when an earthquake hit Wenchuan county, Sichuan Province, Zhu Yu was one of the victims. At the age of 5, she lost her left leg, and then started a new life with a prosthetic limb.
Zhu has another new start in 2022, enrolling in the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
"My goal of learning medicine is to help people," said Zhu.

Zhu had a nickname – Smiling Girl – and her smiles touched many people.
Zhu's father recalled that when the earthquake happened, his daughter was in an art class in a preschool. Injured by the damaged building, Zhu fell into a coma. When her family found her, she was sent to Hanyuan County Chinese Medicine Hospital, which was 20 kilometers away.
After eight days in coma, Zhu woke up. However, she did not quite understand what the injury meant yet. Her smiles were so sweet that people found her just "like an angel."
Zhu's father said that during all the years of Zhu's growing up, many good Samaritans have helped her with problems such as rehabilitation and study.
In the 2021 college entrance examination, Zhu's scores were enough for an undergraduate program, but the result was not as ideal as she dreamed. She decided to give it another try.
In 2022, she has nailed it – and was accepted by the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Talking about why she chose this major, Zhu said that "[My] Grandpa was a village doctor, and being a doctor has always been my dream. I hope to continue the spirit of Grandpa and help more people."
Zhu said that what she wants to do most after graduation is volunteering, to help other people in need.
(Compiled by Dong Feng)

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