A Chinese "elephant man" with a crippling 15 kg (33 lb) tumor drooping from his head and face -- the biggest on record -- undergoes life-threatening surgery on Tuesday to have it removed.
Huang Chuncai, 31, from the southern province of Hunan, can hardly speak because the mass is so huge, he has to cradle it when he stands. His left eye is totally covered, his left ear hangs to his shoulder, and his right ear and jaw have been engulfed.
He recently visited his hometown to see relatives before the operation.
"Because I am going to have surgery, I am afraid of how everything will turn out," he said. "I came back to see my parents one more time."
Huang's face and head swelled when he was a child and, according to a neighbor, his mother said he should be a government official when he grew up because his head was so big.
"His head got bigger and bigger each year," said neighbor Huang Bamei, who shares the same name.
The fleshy tumor is about 57 cm (22.4 inches) long and has a 97 cm (38 inches) perimeter at its end; Huang stands 135 cm (4 ft 5 inches) high, records from a hospital in the city of Guangzhou said.
He lost his teeth at the age of 25, it said, and his backbone became malformed because of the weight...
imagine being inside your home for 20 years without ever walking outside because you fear the people's cruelty.. the ones who judge your looks.. and you do not know the One Who is Merciful.. the One who judges only whats in your heart.
At-Tirmidhi related from Abu Hurayrah Radiyallahu 'Anh that the Prophet Sallalahu 'Alayhi Wassalam said:
"The first blessing that the slave will be asked about on The Day of Resurrection will be the saying to him:
Have We not Made your body healthy and drove away your thirst with cold water?"
And some of the Salaf Ridwanullahi 'Alayhim, stated that the Verse:"Then on That Day you shall be asked about the delights (you indulged in this world)"
(102:8) It is referring to health.
so the question is.. How do we show gratidude for our good health? And what better way to show gratitude than using our health on the path of Allah..
just a reflection and a reminder.. walhamdulillahi Rabbil 'Alameen
please, no wise-cracks, it's meant to be a serious thread
Allahumma laka al-hamdu kulluh, wa laka ash-shukru kulluh.
Alhamdulillah aladhee 'afaanaa min maa ibtalaahu bihi wa faddalnaa 'ala katheerin min man khalaqa tafdeela