Disease leaves teen with feet so big he can barely walk

Xiao Meng 
By: Devansh Dutt 

(Scroll down for video) A 14-year-old boy’s feet has grown so big there is no shoe big enough for him.

He is forced to go to school without shoes.

Xiao Meng of Guangxi Zhuang, China, was born with a congenital neurofibromatosis, a genetic disease that causes his feet to swell abnormally.

His family is poor and they cannot afford to pay for the treatment needed to cure his disease. Sadly, the boy’s feet have grown so big that he is hardly able to walk.

The boy’s compassionate teacher went to the Chinese media and asked them to help raise money for the boy’s treatment. The Chinese media did indeed raise a large amount of money after airing the boy’s plight.

The money will pay for his treatment and living expenses while he is staying in Shanghai, for treatment. The Guangxi Branch of China Southern Airlines, has provided free tickets for the boy and his family to travel to Shanghai, as the journey to a new life begins.

The 14-year-old boy had his feet treated at Children's Hospital of Shanghai, China. Doctors first cut the excess growth from his feet before allowing half a year for recovery.

"We are a normal family and it breaks my heart to see him suffer, but we have no money for medicine," his dad Meng Zhaoguang said.

Xiao Meng said: "I like school but it hurts to walk, and I cannot go fast or participate in many games. Children sometime call me names.”

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Shanghai in eastern China, are pleased with the results of the operation.
Doctor Tang Yujin said: “We are treating the condition and when he is stable we plan to reduce the size of his feet even more so they look and feel more normal.”