Moomin Girl


This unfortunate twelve-year-old girl’s disfiguring affliction, caused by a tumourous growth in what was once her nose, surely ranks as one of the more grotesquely comical afflictions to come out of China in recent years.

She was a pretty child, the pride of her adoptive parents, until the age of six, when a small tumour appeared around her nose.

Her condition soon worsened, with her nose becoming ever more deformed. The years passed and her nose become more and more distorted, and she soon had to withdraw from school thanks to the inevitable scorn and ridicule her condition attracted.

For once, the responsibility for allowing the illness to progress does not lie solely with the parents for failing to take the girl to a hospital; in fact they did, although several years seem to have elapsed which probably does implicate them, but were anyway refused treatment on the grounds that the girl was still growing.

Throughout this time the once bright and cheery child had become sullen, as might be understandable in her case, though her parents vowed to have her cured and so allow her to attend school once more.

Not satisfied with this situation, and with their daughter’s condition worsening with her experiencing breathing difficulties, the parents then resolved to take her to a larger hospital, and after scraping together the funds, were able to do this.

On visiting the hospital and having her seen by specialists, she was diagnosed with none other than precursor elephantiasis, a terrible disease indeed. Treatment prescribed involves the surgical removal of the tumourous lump, and then subsequent reconstructive surgery, and expensive process. However, the hospital mercifully annulled the better part of the fees, with the result that she may soon be cured, and be able to sniff a flagrant bloom once again.

Via HeavenChinese source.

Some Chinese, it seems, display a disturbing reluctance to visit, or even take their children to, the hospital… At least treatment was eventually forthcoming.


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    Comment by TerrawindX2
    21:57 13/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    From this angle, her deformity looks rather cute.

    She may turn out to be successful in her future.

    I've seen people with even worse deformity, but they still got the guts to turn up in college and further their studies. And that's just what I saw in college, and that girl set a fine example to all the other sufferers out there. I'm not sure if she can speak though. I still get some spooks whenever I see her appear in front of me all of a sudden (It's an unavoidable reflex), but deep down I envy her courage.

    Comment by glottis
    08:22 19/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    looks like a haemangioma to me.. those are really hard to remove, since it's really a crazy multiple blood vessel growth..

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Give me some of that delicious loli cake this instant

    Comment by Van
    16:01 21/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least the hospital was felt sad and pity for the girl and canceled payment for some fees, or else!

    These adoptive parents truly love their child <3
    Shame to those who do not give love to their blood children...

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    Comment by Sigh
    04:56 15/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bit cruel calling her moomin girl....

    Comment by Panther
    00:49 18/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah what is with the slow speed of treatment for them? Even considering lack of funds, I think sometimes it might have to do with the parents' mindsets thinking, this is going to be alright.

    Comment by Joe
    22:02 17/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sad story but at least it sounds as though it will have a good ending

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 12/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    aww, poor girl, at least she will be able to get fixed up. hopefully with good surgery, seeing as it's china, she might die. it's just a shame she missed out on childhood. i would have been her friend though.

    Comment by Pyrus
    14:29 18/08/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is really only one reason: She's a girl in a country where girls aren't highly prized at the moment.

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    Comment by Robocop
    12:28 09/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ha ha ha. 28 men in china to 1 woman. i think as a "commodity" women in china are about to become very valuable indeed.

    Comment by Gene
    20:17 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to disagree with you there
    If it was last time yes China had gender discrimination since males get to hold the family name etc....but now they're treat equally

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:41 05/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha that's funny.

    Comment by Himura
    11:43 08/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    she looks like rayman.

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