While we’ve previously brought you other stories featuring women in China with unbelievably youthful looks, the tale we have to tell today is a rather sad one. It was recently discovered that a 20-year-old in China was being used in a begging scam in an attempt to capitalise on her extremely youthful appearance. Luckily, she has since been rescued from a life of crime and now has a much brighter future ahead of her.

The woman, Zeng Yushan, was born in 1994 in Sichuan Province. A tumour on her pituitary gland caused a deficiency in the production of growth hormones, which has resulted in her appearing to be no more than seven or eight years old.

In 2013, Zeng was left homeless and begging on the streets after her father, her only family, passed away. In a happy twist of fate, she was subsequently taken in by a couple who have begun to care for her and have sought the help of specialists to see if there is anything that can be done about her condition that might enable her to live a more normal life. The couple, who have two grown-up daughters of their own, have since adopted Zeng, and hope to help her learn how to live independently so that she can support herself when they themselves are old.

Due to her upbringing, she is said to still only have the mental ability of a young child, and apparently her dearest wish is to go to school like other children. Given her actual age, however, it is still unsure if this is a possibility as a school willing to admit a 20-year-old adult (albeit one with the physical appearance and mental age of a child) has yet to be found.

We’re glad to hear that this story has a relatively happy ending, but whether or not Zeng will ever “grow up” into the body of an adult is something of which no one can be sure. The administering of artificial growth hormones is a possibility that could be explored, but after having spent so many years in the body of a child, the results could be unpredictable. We’re just happy to know that she now has people in her life who care about her.

Source: Lollipop.sg via Asiantown.net
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