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Chinese man with legs weighing the same as giant panda fights for survival

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published May 7, 2017, 5:39 pm IST
Updated May 7, 2017, 5:39 pm IST
Liu contracted elephantiasis as a child when a mosquito transferred round worms into his body.
The disease has also left him unable to urinate (Photo: YouTube)
 The disease has also left him unable to urinate (Photo: YouTube)

Beijing: A mosquito bite may seem like an everyday affair, but these are also known fro spreading several life altering and even fatal diseases. Apart from the recent outbreak of zika virus, mosquitoes are also known to spread elephantiasis.

A 20-year-old contracted elephantiasis due to roundworms that entered his body from a mosquito as a child, but is still fighting it out against a disease which should’ve killed him several years back. But the disease has taken its toll as Liu Zhongqui is left with legs weighing 150 kg, same as a giant panda.

 

Although Liu has given up all hopes of his legs returning to their normal state, he wants to extend his prognosis as the swelling reaches his abdomen and the disease hinders his chances of survival.

This swelling is caused by accumulation of fluids in the affected part of the body due to blockage of the lymphatic system. Liu said that he has visited many provinces in China for a cure and now begs in streets to fund his treatment in hospitals.

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