Man Cut in Half Lives to Walk Again

(LIFE IN THE FAST LANE)   With all surviving odds against him, Peng Shulin’s body was cut in half by a large transport truck in 1995, leaving his doctors shocked and amazed by his survival. Not only is it a miracle that he has lived to tell the tale, he’s now learning to walk again.

It took a team of more than 20 doctors working feverishly to save his life.

Peng Shulin, wearing new trainers, learning to walk again

Skin was grafted from his head to close his torso up, but his lower body could not be saved — leaving him to ‘stand’ a full 2 feet 6 inches (78 centimeters) in height.

After being bedridden for years, doctors in China didn’t have very much hope that he would ever be able to lead any form of a normal life again, reports Metro.

Peng began exercising his arms and building his strength up to carry out daily routine chores, empowering him to do things such as washing his face and brushing his teeth.

The bionic legs mimic the way Peng’s limbs would have worked

When doctors at the China Rehabilitation Research Center in Beijing found out about Peng’s quandary, they teamed together to devise a program to get him walking once more.

They came up with an ingenious way to allow him to walk on his own merit by creating a sophisticated ‘egg cup-like’ casing to hold his body with two bionic legs attached to it.

With the aid of his uniquely adapted legs and re-sized walking frame, Peng has been taking his first steps around the center.

Peng is thrilled with his device, and the opportunity it affords him to learn to walk again.

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