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Half Man - A True lesson
Cheerfulness lives well, solving is an achievement.
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Thursday , September 30 , 2010
Half Man - A True lesson
Posted by gothai , Reader : 17791 , 17:53:27  

The Story of Peng Shuilin

In life we keep complaining aboutwhat is or whywe 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, Shenzhen, a freight truck sliced his body in half.

His lower body and legs were beyond repair.

Surgeonssewed 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 allodds.

RGO is a recipicating gait orthosis, attached to a prosthetic

socket bucket.

Considering Peng's plight, doctorsat theChina Rehabilitation ResearchCentre inBeijing devised aningenious 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.Penghas beenwalkingthe corridorsof Beijing Rehabilitation Centrewith the aid of his specially adapted legs and a resized walking frame.

Oh so satisfying to 'walk' again after ten years with half a body!

"He had good care, but his secret is cheerfulness.

Nothing ever gets him down."

Wehave a whole body,we have feet.

Now you have met a man who has no feet.

His lifeis 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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comment 38
emedicius date : 27/01/2012 time : 21.29

Good Story :)
comment 37
Hs date : 26/04/2011 time : 16.09

gothai, I feel very sad, sorrow , sympathetic , scared , hopeless , bored and want to die if I like the man in your blog.

Oh ! God!

comment 36
Plaadip date : 06/10/2010 time : 16.47

c35, Ian, in that case, some important organs were fairly intact, so the chance of his survival would have been much better, at least not zero.... Yeah, I think that should be the case.....
comment 35
Ian date : 06/10/2010 time : 15.56

Plaadip, this one comment in the video makes it more believable, "A MAN who had half his body amputated after being run over by a truck".
It is a case of BAD English, his body was not amputated by the truck, it was amputated by surgeons after the accident. The two years of surgery ties in with this.
However, I am still curious as to how he excretes and eliminates wastes.
comment 34
gothai date : 05/10/2010 time : 22.54

Plaadip, many thanks! sharing this video
comment 33
Plaadip date : 05/10/2010 time : 15.58

c32, "April fool sruff' Sorry

For example, this is a video footage before editing.


I want to propose this story naming it "A labor hero(労働英雄) of new China"
comment 32
Plaadip date : 05/10/2010 time : 13.35

uuummm, but if this were a kind of april fool staff (Russian medias sometims do that), it would be the most widely publicized "urban legend" in history, I guess. Youtube even has video interviews with him, and I'm sure those were filmed by professional cameramans.
comment 31
Ian date : 05/10/2010 time : 11.56

Gothai, If you knew the interdependency of the body on a number of major internal organs you would be equally sceptical.
With most of his intestines missing how can he absorb food, with no colon where is his colestomy bag, with no bladder where is his drainage tube, with no kidneys where is the arterial tap on his wrist? Without hips and a coccyx what provides the leverage for his spine to stay upright?
comment 30
gothai date : 05/10/2010 time : 02.30

C29 Ian
Good to being skeptical at times, as I usually did. At the same time, do face with realty instead of taking it at face value. Indeed it is amazing he survived. I doubt photo shop by some genius with so many pixs. Credit must go to those surgeons who helped him all the way with any slightest opportunity he is ticking. As HJ had mention it becomes a showcase.
comment 29
Ian date : 04/10/2010 time : 10.53

Call me cynical but I find this hard to accept, I cry photoshop. If a human body was cut in half as described death would be instantaneous, there is no way it could survive the massive blood loss and trauma.
In addition the missing lower torso contains the kidneys, bladder, colon, spleen, gonads etc. You can survive without the last two but without dialysis (not mentioned) you cannot survive without kidneys.
If this person exists then he did not end up like this by the method stated, he had to be created by multiple surgical interventions.
comment 28
HA_HA date : 03/10/2010 time : 09.14

i almost set up a shrine of him and praying for a lucky number!! tsk tsk
comment 27
happyjack date : 03/10/2010 time : 07.54

Ha Ha its no Miracle its advancement.Not sure i could cope.
comment 26
gothai date : 03/10/2010 time : 00.41

C23 Plaadip,
Guessing, I think he could be too busy for Paralympics. I think investors must have had great ideas opening Half man half price stores allover China in no time. He might be promoting his outlets soon, a self advertiser.


Wish him every success!
comment 25
gothai date : 03/10/2010 time : 00.22

C22 Ha_HA
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I have shown it to my children, they show it to classmates, at least they are all well behaves at this point. Didnt complains much whenever therere some inconveniences, at least for now.
comment 24
gothai date : 03/10/2010 time : 00.13

C21 HJ
No doubt about it, same as you, I would rather die in such a hopeless situation. Anyway it is normal instincts, living things fought against all odds to be alive other than death. However, it has indeed become as Human Showcase, where efforts were not wasted by doctors & surgeons attending him. The fact is, his spine intact & remain strong, he was stitched well he could balance himself.
comment 23
Plaadip date : 02/10/2010 time : 18.03

c15, Looks quite stable, so if there is a seatbelt and a little better mounting, he can join a Pralympics. Or did he?
comment 22
HA_HA date : 02/10/2010 time : 10.02

what a miracle!
i didn't know you can survive with half body.
he really has a great spirit.
i think it's easier to die but he fights to live on. in doing so his life has inspired million and million of people.
i think apart from stop complaining about our hardship we, who has a full body and totally capable should ask ourselves if we have done anything for other people.

thank you for sharing mr. gothai.

comment 21
happyjack date : 02/10/2010 time : 05.55

I must be the odd one out, i dont see the point.I would be more happy to die than be a Human Showcase for Stitchers.
comment 20
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 23.05

Its amazing to see his remarkable recovery and encouragingly. He hasnt lost his sense of humor. He may be half in a body but full in spirit!! Having no legs, no butts and all, can you imagine how he would want to live, Peng Shulin story inspires me to appreciate my life more. Life is so short to complain about any grittiness.
comment 19
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.50

C11 HJ.
Showmanship? Yes it is. The point is, he is getting attention. I show his photos to my children, tell them how fortunate we are.
comment 18
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.44

C10 Felix
I think it is a very sad story, being sliced half, sewed half & ended wonderfully, alive.
comment 17
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.35

C9 Dal.
Me too, I receive email from a Chinese associate few months ago. It a miracle he is still alive! With all his pass orgies, now normal health, except only half.
comment 16
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.22

C7 Alien
This could be his dreams.
comment 15
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.18

C5 Plaadip, He is put into a wheel chair.
comment 14
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.14

C4 Felix,
We cant make comparisons between able & disabled persons. I find it worthwhile to share some thoughts what he had gone through. Im sure there might be merchants capitalizing on his present situation being half man, making him as a front, open supermarket outlets Half Man Half Price stores.
comment 13
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.02

WCH, Yes Chinese artificial limp technology may not compare with Japanese robotic. I think they are catching up with special sensorial system fix on him. Maybe at the same time he is a model for improvement. It is better than nothing.
comment 12
gothai date : 01/10/2010 time : 22.00

C1 ice,
We are physically able compare to him who had suffered bodily & had gone through 10 years to what he is today, a half body. Credit goes to the surgeons who had fought for his life, sewed him up.
comment 11
happyjack date : 01/10/2010 time : 18.52

I find it pathetic,what is the point.Showmanship .
comment 10
FelixQui date : 01/10/2010 time : 18.44

Yes, it's a wonderful story, but is it true?
comment 9
Dalmasian date : 01/10/2010 time : 15.39

I received an e-mail from a friend of mine several months ago covering this very person. He is indeed a very courageous man. I take my hat off for him.

-- Dalmasian
comment 8
Alien date : 01/10/2010 time : 09.21

How did a freight truck slice is body in half? I could see a freight train doing it because those wheels could cut right through his body, but I would think a freight truck would have crushed and smashed his body to smithereens, not cut it in half. And if it took two years of operations to reroute his major organs, how did he survive in those two years?

Who picked what size shoes he was going to wear? Was that a medical decision? "Dr. Ling, I think we should go with a size 9." No, No Dr. Wang, Dr. Wong and I have been talking about it and decided to go with size 7. They are cheaper to buy and are on sale more often!" "I see what you mean, Dr. Ling, you are so smart! I guess that's why they made you the chief surgeon here at The People's Glorious Medical Center". "That is correct, Dr. Wang. Plus my brother's factory doesn't make size 9 shoes."
comment 7
Alien date : 01/10/2010 time : 09.04

Maybe hook him up with little wheels. He can be like R2D2 from star wars. Maybe they would even hire him if they did another movie! Does he have an agent yet? Does he like that song "Half the man I used to be"?
comment 6
Alien date : 01/10/2010 time : 09.03

If this is true, it is a miracle that he survived being cut in half. I would think you only had minutes to live if that happened.

Thinking out loud here - wouldn't it have been better to hook him up with something with wheels on it instead of those two pelican legs? Something with 3 wheels, 2 in the front and one in the back so he can keep his balance!
comment 5
Plaadip date : 01/10/2010 time : 08.52

Miraculous, how can he survive? But it looks like not easy to keep balance with the artificial legs using crutches. Special wheel chair for him might be a better idea?
comment 4
FelixQui date : 01/10/2010 time : 07.27

I'm also a bit dubious about the reasoning whereby a greater suffering is seen to trivialise a lessor suffering.

Should we really be telling the one legged that they have nothing to complain about because someone else is zero legged? Does a broken leg not become a problem because someone else doesn't even have a leg? Does my favourite duck shop's closure cease being a problem for me because someone else can't even afford a handful of rice?

It is certainly helpful to keep our lives in perspective, and to realize that many of the things we fret about might not deserve so much worry, but that doesn't make them trivial for us.
Perhaps we should even fight against the natural human tendency to hold as much less important the death by starvation of thousands of children in far off countries than the death of a family pet. Indeed, aren't all those deaths by starvation much worse and more deserving of our sympathy and action than one legless but living man who still has a stomach and the means to eat well?
comment 3
FelixQui date : 01/10/2010 time : 07.03


Do you have any reliable source for this post?

I searched but could find nothing reliable, only the same story, or bits of it, repeated several times in the tabloid press and multiple times on even less critical websites.
comment 2
wch date : 01/10/2010 time : 05.30

This is another proof that living a life is the thing important and good. beside his spirit, Chinese artificial limp technology seems very poor. Japan's Asimo robotic limbs may be applied to develop the full human, pevic bone and legs for ordinary walk and lightly running. Of course expensive robotic sensory system controls the body movements but China is supposed to develop own tech or import to show its own 1.3 billion people how magnificient modern China is in high tech.
comment 1
iceberg date : 01/10/2010 time : 04.51

Refreshing !
Thank you very much.
This man makes my current problems meaningless.

I am glad that he is well taking care of.

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