By: Tyson Lu and Y.F. Low
Taipei, July 3 (CNA) Chiang Yu-chao (江玉招) had suffered from cerebral edema from
birth and was paralyzed from the neck down for her entire life. Until she passed away three days ago, she had spent 62 years lying face down on a bed.
“Mei-mei (Chiang’s nickname) is gone,” said her 91-year-old father Chiang Chin-shui (江金水), expressionlessly.
Chiang’s body was as small as a child’s, her four limbs were atrophied and stiff, and she could only lie on her stomach. She had never seen the sun, never gone to school and never left her bed in all her 62 years.
Chiang was born in 1953. When it was about time for her to learn to walk, her mother Chiang Lin Ting-chih (江林定枝) realized that something was wrong because the child could not stand. Failing to find the cause of the problem in Taitung, her parents took her to National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) in Taipei. [FULL STORY]