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Aspirational artist

By Mike Peters | China Daily | Updated: 2013-11-14 08:19

A young woman with brittle-bone disease overcame the odds with the help of a few good Samaritans to chase her dream of becoming an artist. Her works are receiving positive reviews, as Mike Peters finds out.

If you ask most people how many times they have broken a bone in their lives, they can come up with the answer pretty quickly. But Wang Mengxing, a 21-year-old artist living in a village in Langfang, Hebei province, puckers a brow at the question. She's not sure how many times she broke a bone in just the past year. Born with brittle-bone disease, snapping a finger or a forearm is an everyday danger despite the protective embraces of a wheelchair and her loving family.

In fact, as Wang raises her right arm in an effort to count last year's casualties, her delicate limb extends at such an awkward angle that her assembled friends flinch a little at her effort.

Aspirational artist

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