In a rare feat, a Chinese girl with cerebral palsy has written her autobiographical novel with one finger, highlighting the trauma she underwent coping up with the muscle freezing disorder, state media reported today. “The publication of the book is just the beginning. I will go further in the future,” said Liu Yi, 21, who hails from Rugao city in east China’s Jiangsu Province.
‘The Wings of Life’ was published on August 4. Liu, suffering from congenital cerebral palsy – the most common cause of physical disability in children – dropped out after she had graduated from middle school. Though she can not live on her own, she has great interest in writing. Typing with the forefinger of her left hand, which was her only movable finger, she finished the 150,000 word autobiographical novel with strong willpower.
The novel was condensed to 130,000 words after editing, state-run People’s Daily reported today. Liu was given an exceptional admission to the Writers Association of Rugao city in November last year for her literary contribution. “I am very grateful that the book was finally published with the assistance of many people. I would like to thank all
of you with this book,” Liu said.
Children with cerebral palsy, the most common cause of physical disability in children, have difficulties in their motor development early on, and often have epilepsy and learning, speech, hearing and visual impairments.