A 13-year-old Malaysian girl suffering from elephantiasis has been helped by doctors in Taiwan, who have been able to reduce the swelling in her legs by half.
Over a two-year period, the elephantiasis caused the girl’s legs to swell so much that she could no longer find shoes that fit.
Coming from a poor, single-parent household in Penang, the girl, identified only by her last name, Li, and her mother had not been able to find adequate help in Malaysia.
Li and her mother visited Taiwan in June after someone associated with their church recommended Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. They returned to Taiwan on Nov. 7 so Li could undergo surgery.
Her condition has improved significantly, with her knee and ankle bones becoming visible again, Chang Gung Linkou branch deputy superintendent Cheng Ming-hui (鄭明輝) said at a press conference on Wednesday.