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.
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.