Saturday, August 20, 2011



In life people often complain about the way things are or what we don't have. Sometimes 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 Shulin is 78cms high. He was born in Hunan Province, China. In 1995, in Shenzhen, a freight truck sliced his body in half. His lower body and legs were beyond repair…

Surgeons sewed up his torso. Then Peng Shulin, 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.

Considering Peng’s plight, doctors at the China Rehabilitation Research Centre in Beijing devised an ingenious 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.

RGO is a reciprocating gait orthotics, attached to a prosthetic socket bucket. There is a cable attached to both legs so when one goes forward, the other goes backwards. Rock to the side, add a bit of a twist and the leg without the weight on it advances, while the other one stays still.

Eventually Peng began walking the corridors of Beijing Rehabilitation Centre with the aid of his specially adapted legs and a resized walking frame.

Peng survived against all odds and has astounded doctors by learning to walk again after a decade.

Above, Peng is seen walking out of the hospital...

Hospital vice-president Lin Liu said: “We’ve just given him a checkup; he is fitter than most men his age.”


Peng Shulin has opened his own bargain supermarket, called the Half Man-Half Price Store. The inspirational 37-year-old has become a businessman and is used as a role model for other amputees.

At just 2ft 7ins tall, he moves around in a wheelchair giving lectures on recovery from disability. His attitude is amazing, he doesn’t complain. He had good care, but his secret is cheerfulness. Nothing ever gets him down.

You have a whole body. You have feet. Now you have met a man who has no feet.  His life is an example of endurance, a triumph of the human spirit in overcoming extreme adversity.

Next time you want to complain about something trivial, don’t.  Think about Peng Shulin instead.



1 comment:

  1. Subxanalah markasta waxaynu jecelnay in meelksta cagahena ku tagno inaga oon biro iyo laxantona isticmalayn but when u see lhis pic u feel hw lucky u r cz Allah gave t u a full body Ohh guys lets say Alxamdulilah Ashkru li Allah