Hu Huiyuan

Hu Huiyuan

A 21-year-old Chinese woman who writes her fantasy novel with her left foot
Country: China

  1. A Young Chinese Woman Writing a Fantasy Novel with Her Left Foot
  2. A Challenging Childhood
  3. A Life of Hardships and Persistence
  4. An Inspiring Journey of Self-Learning
  5. Overcoming Adversity
  6. Understanding Cerebral Palsy
  7. Unyielding Determination

A Young Chinese Woman Writing a Fantasy Novel with Her Left Foot

Hu Hueiyuan, a 21-year-old Chinese woman, has amazed the world by writing 60,000 words of her fantasy novel with her toes. Despite being a victim of cerebral palsy, Hu has shown incredible determination and talent in pursuing her passion for writing.

Hu Huiyuan

A Challenging Childhood

Hu Hueiyuan grew up in a rural community in Anhui province, Eastern China, where even children without health issues had to fight for a classical education. Determined not to be left behind, Hu taught herself how to read and write using television subtitles. She types with her left foot, while sitting in a wheelchair secured by a strap. Despite her physical limitations, she can type 20-30 words per minute, and she has already completed six chapters of her planned eight-chapter book.

Hu Huiyuan

A Life of Hardships and Persistence

The details of Hu Hueiyuan's life, full of deprivation and relentless struggle, are shared by her parents, 49-year-old father Pan and 47-year-old mother San. When Hu was born, doctors predicted that she would live for only a few days, but she defied the odds. It took ten months for doctors to diagnose her with cerebral palsy. Her father explains, "The only movable parts of her body were her head and foot, but she showed incredible determination. Eventually, Hu learned to perform various daily tasks using only her foot."

Hu Huiyuan

An Inspiring Journey of Self-Learning

In an interview with a local channel, Hu Hueiyuan said, "I teach myself. I get excited when I can read some documents on my own. My ability to write allows me to communicate with so many people. I'm not a genius, but I am very focused. If you have a disability like mine, you have to learn patience." Despite being rejected by schools and lacking a computer, Hu found a way to learn by using television and subtitles.

Overcoming Adversity

Hu Hueiyuan is not the only disabled person in China who, despite the lack of government support, overcomes immense obstacles to achieve truly remarkable goals. In September 2014, Wang Xian, a 29-year-old man diagnosed with cerebral palsy, fulfilled his dream of joining a professional boxing competition, signing a contract in Shanghai.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a general term for a range of neurological disorders that affect movement and coordination. It occurs when the brain develops improperly or is damaged before or after birth. The main symptoms of this incurable condition usually become evident in the first three years of a child's life, including muscle rigidity or floppiness, muscle weakness, involuntary and uncontrolled body movements, and problems with balance and coordination.

Unyielding Determination

Some people with cerebral palsy face difficulties in communication and learning, but often their intellectual abilities remain intact. Hu Hueiyuan's extraordinary journey and her accomplishments serve as an inspiration to others, proving that with determination and perseverance, individuals can overcome any challenges they face.