Liu Daming, a senior middle school student living in Lanzhou, Gansu province, was told by doctors at the age of seven that he would only live for 12 years due to a rare bone disorder that has confined him to a wheelchair since he was a child. Now 19 years old, Liu has recently become the youngest author in China to have a book published through People’s Publishing House―one of the biggest publishing companies in the country.
Soon after he was born, Liu was diagnosed as having Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a condition characterized by extremely fragile bones that fracture easily. He stands 1.4 meters tall and weights only 20 kilograms.
Liu’s philosophical nature has inspired his friends and family to call him “our Hawking” after the theoretical physicist and author who has also been wheelchair-bound for much of his life.
Liu had endured countless surgeries and complications since childhood due to his condition, but in 2013, he underwent a major spinal reconstruction surgery that changed his life’s outlook, and upon recovery, he eagerly worked at finishing his 175-thousand-word autobiography called Mingyun Zhishang, or Beyond the Destiny.
“I have battled death and survived up to today. It has been a painful victory that not only belongs to me, but also others who have battled destiny. If I can put all my experiences into words, more unfortunate people like me can find the will to live,” he penned.
Over 3,300 students and teachers attended the launching ceremony for Liu’s book at his school on December 6.
“I never thought about making a name through writing,” Liu said. “I just want my readers to cherish their lives.”
[Images via People’s Daily]