※ The original article was taken from Reuters Website. ( 原文取自路透社網站 )
INTRO: China's "Elephant Man" hopes to be normal after second surgery. A Chinese young man known as the "Elephant Man" because of the large tumour on his face hopes a second round of surgery will help him to become normal.
STORY: A Chinese man with a massive tumor on his face which has stunted his growth and has forced him to live as a recluse, is getting ready for a second round of surgery which doctors hope will allow him to come closer to leading a normal life.
Huang Chuancai, 32, known as the "Elephant Man" is due to undergo the operation on Monday (January 7) at the Fuda Hospital in southern China. Doctors at a hospital in Guangzhou, have removed part of his crippling, 15 kg (33 lb) tumour mass drooping from his head and face in July. Before that operation, Huang who is from Hunan province could hardly speak because of his tumour was so huge. His left eye had been totally covered, his left ear hung down to his shoulder, and his right ear and jaw engulfed by the mass.
Five months later, Huang is preparing to go under the scalpel again and hopes are high that he will be a step closer to being cured. The latest surgery, although not as risky as the first one, is challenging.
"Compared to his first operation, the second one has some new issues. The main problem is the tumor is close to his ear, and his ear has already been invaded and extended by it, so we will try to cut the tumor while keeping his ear, and reconstruct it after the operation," said chief surgeon Liu Lizhi.
Huang's condition has ostracised him from society. Bullying from his classmates forced him to leave school at the age of ten. His father even indignantly described how he was approached several years ago by someone who wished to buy him and display him as part a "monster show" in a circus.
Huang's family struggles to earn a living on arid farmland and simply could not afford the medical costs of treatment until the hospital offered to help.