Chinese Girl Has Basketball for a Body

Posted on December 22, 2008

Qian Hongyan, who was forced to use half a basketball as her prosthetic body, has inspired millions recently with her ambition to compete as a swimmer in the 2012 Paralympics in London.

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Qian swims about 2000 meters a day and trains really hard.

“Qian Hongyan studies hard. She never grouches in training although she was confronted with many difficulties at the beginning, ” her coach said.

The 10 year-old was injured trajically in an auto accident when she was only 3 years old. To insure her survival, the doctors were forced to amputate her legs.

Qian’s family, living in Zhuangxia, China, was unable to afford modern prosthetics and instead used a half a basketball to get around on. Once on the ball she uses two wooden props to help her move around.

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Qian now has a pair of proper prosthetic legs, but still says she likes to use the basketball from time to time as it is easier for her to get in and out of the pool with.

Chinese Girl Has Basketball for a Body picture

Chinese Girl Has Basketball for a Body picture

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Chinese Girl Has Basketball for a Body picture
Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.
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78 comments
anil kumar
anil kumar

all the best for the olympics. you will win and will create history. you will be the eighth wonder of the world.

Maury
Maury

This is an awesome little girl, and brave at that. This a touching story. Goes to show us all, that there are people in need everywhere, specially children. We don't need to go that far away to help someone in need. We can start with our family or friends or neighbors or others.

Mukundan Srinivasan
Mukundan Srinivasan

Initially when I saw the Chinese girl I felt sad. But I am proud of her determination to be a swimmer. May God bless her. Wonderful heart touching post.

Article
Article

I'm definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info. Good post and nice design, is this a regular template?

ingemar Magnusson
ingemar Magnusson

This girl made this world a better place by showing her great smile that both inspired and moved any normal person being touched by her strong will. Western kids hardly manage to get out of bed when school day comes,I´d like to see them bounce to school everyday. I can make jokes about anything,really think nothing is sacred when it comes to humour, but all you guys (don´t think for my life a women makes jokes like that) that has left "funny" remarks here after the story,you should know that coming to this site and reading your comment is the opposite of reading about the courageous girl, your comments only make the world a worser place,showing all the ugly things in human kind. I was happy reading about her,I have thought about her since I read about her some years ago,I´m happy she seem to have a good life.

Alan
Alan

Suddenly my broken ankle doesn't seem so bad. What a bittersweet and wonderful story. And what a strong little girl.

engineer
engineer

body is not but dream is still big, continue and best of luck . . .

koko
koko

Im jealous of her too and sad best wishes for her

Amar
Amar

Wow what a spirit of that little girl. She is definitely and inspirations to all those who think they are not blessed with everything in life. Great post

shaaan
shaaan

this is one of the saddest thing ever wish everybody was as fortunate as us

Mish
Mish

For all you people who sit there and joke about this... this is not a joke for this girl, this is her life. If that was your sister, would you still crack jokes? You should be ashamed of yourselves

Kyaw Thuya
Kyaw Thuya

All the best HongYan. You are my Hero whenever i feel down. I admire you so much

bobby
bobby

God bless her

Reminded
Reminded

I was inspired by this story myself. The first time I saw this girl, saw her face and read her stories, it made it easier to remember the countless blessing God gave us every single day...

INQUIRING_MIND
INQUIRING_MIND

After seeing this website, Hollywood's Robert Zemeckis (producer of such movies as "Castaway", "Beowulf", "What Lies Beneath", etc.) wants to re-make the movie "Castaway" (starring Tom Hanks) and cast Qian Hongyan for the part as Wilson. In this version, Wilson has speaking parts. When asked to comment, Qian Hongyan said she might consider the opportunity but was fearful that the role might "stunt" her growth as a creative dramatic actress as everyone would remember her as "Wilson".

archie carsula
archie carsula

she's a very strong person, now i want her to be one of my inspiration to do better in life. i salute her

Andy
Andy

that lil girl is so adorable! she is a real hero, God bless her!!!

kha
kha

Keep dreaming and take all the chances to reach that dreams.. Your a wonderful girl, you manages to smile even in your biggest disappointments. You know how to deal with your problems, and with that I salute you. Thanks for inspiring us. :)

Zhao Jinfeng
Zhao Jinfeng

这就是中国人!~ 勇敢 、坚强的国人!

dave
dave

may we all have the same courage to smile in our tough times... even for those who now make jokes of this girl...hope you learn to respect and to have compassion for others, before you yourself face such hard situation, and in need of compassion and respect from others.

korea
korea

정말안타깝네요

korea
korea

정말안타깝네요

ireland
ireland

dis video clip brought a tear 2 my eye. its so sad! and all ye people who r makin a laugh of her grow up ye fool/mongs and get a new hobby!

Sempiternal
Sempiternal

Oh sorry about that, I meant 'Paralympics' Spelling really isn't my thing.

Sempiternal
Sempiternal

Amazing, what a fighter! She deserves an award for her amazing spirit! I hope she does amazing at the paraolympics! Inspirational! And to the people being quite ignorant and rude about this, shut up. You should be ashamed of such behavior!

George W. Bush
George W. Bush

Young Lady, I declare you Mission Accomplished! You make all of your fellow Amerikins proud!

Belbecat
Belbecat

And to think stupid kids these days kill themselves cos they got a bad grade or someone broke up with them LOL. I'm glad to see there can still be nice stories like this. Turn off that Super Sweet 16 crap and read about real people!

bob
bob

Does it deflate?

Tim
Tim

The education that they need doesn't come from school anymore. True education comes from desire and interaction with those wiser than ourselves. All the formal education in the world doesn't fix anything.

Roar
Roar

the incredible little girl i ever seen... it's make me going strong..and my spirit getting up. GOD Bless the lil' girl..

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

I think i sunk her from downtown at the buzzer once.

Paul R Wilson
Paul R Wilson

Hardly a day goes by without my reading from a paper or from the Internet some piece about the mess in the world. Now this ! I do not believe in a loving God who is somehow 3 gods - and certainly NOT in a burning hell for all!

lazysophie
lazysophie

im glad to see her boisterous despite her misfortunes, i hope her a happy and healthy life ahead of her.

Doodyboy
Doodyboy

Yeah Frank, that's mean.....leave ol' Spaulding pelvis alone !

tom the petaphile
tom the petaphile

To Tom, The world would be a much better place without this girl, Think about it... Poorer kids in other countries would have one more basketball to play with thus reducing crime.

pete
pete

To the vermin making fun of this cute little girl, Drive 100 mph into a stone wall, may a stray bullet find your spine. Kill yourselves or better yet live like those you make fun of. How can anyone make fun of this little girl? God knows who you slime are.

tom
tom

the world would be a much better place without pathetic arseholes like you. wow, just wow. i really hope karma exists.

Jim
Jim

Well, that's a major turn on, dame un poquito de eso

stu
stu

i read this and felt sad i did laugh at some of the jokes , they were funny but in all honesty , i really wish i could help this girl she makes my problems look small

wow
wow

... wow. A lot of the comments below are horrible, are you seriously poking fun at a little girl who has more courage then any of you could hope for in a lifetime? Why don't you go to a developing country and witness these types of people suffering... THEN see if you have it in you to make fun of this adorable heroic child.

nicole
nicole

r u serious!!!!???????????????? u r horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eddy
Eddy

'may a stray bullet find your spine' wow, what amazing poetry.

kw
kw

how's that funny? If it's was you, you wouldn't have the ball to live.

kw
kw

I agree. There's so many stupid insensitive people out there taking life for granted. They have no idea how life can be so difficult outside their little world. They should stay in school and get an education.

cloud
cloud

though i hope the girl has fun doing what she want to do - swim -, i don't think there's ANY reason whatsoever to call her brave, or courageous, or claim that she has it hard, or suffers. she's been this way since she was three, so she doesn't know any better. she may be different, and her top speed may not be as high as running children, but this is no reason to call her HEROIC! i'm not saying she's weak, i mean, she did survive and all, but i wouldn't say she's way above average either. you people only say these things because you over sympathize, romanticize and think shallow.

Daniel
Daniel

@wow: But - you don't understand - she has a BASKETBALL for a body! HAHAHAHAHA!!!