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Story : China-Hairy Girl
File ID : 143442
Dateline : June 2, 2012
Duration : 1'58
Locations : Chongqing, China
Type : Chinese/Nats/Part Mute
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 1620
Summary : Seven-year-old girl with strange disease longing for help
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Tongliang County, Chongqing Municipality, SW China - June 2, 2012
1. Wide of people walking on mountain road
2. Wide of exterior of Xiong Can's house
3. Mid of Xiong Can, hairy girl
4. Mid of Wang Lianhui, Xiong's grandmother carrying girl in arm
5. Various of Wang shaving hair on Xiong's back and arm
6. Wide of hair on Xiong's arm
7. Wide of reporter talking with Wang in yard
8. Mid of Xiong shaving face
9. Wide of villagers chatting
10. SOUNDBITE(Chinese) villager:
"We do not know what kind of disease she has."
11. Mid of Xiong looking at picture
12. Wide of people in yard
13. SOUNDBITE(Chinese) Wang Lianhui, grandmother:
"We've been to many places seeking medical help, but no use. We have spent a lot of money, and we're penniless now."
14. Various of Xiong's medical certificates
15. Wide of photo of Xiong's parents
16. SOUNDBITE(Chinese) Wang Lianhui, grandmother:
"Her parents divorced when she was four, and her mother returned to her hometown in Guizhou. She has never been back since then, not even given a phone call, never a single word from her."
17. Mid of Xiong looking at photograph of her and her mother
18. Mid of Xiong doing homework
19. Mid of girl's textbooks
20. Mid of Xiong doing homework
21. Wide of Xiong and her grandmother sitting at table
22. SOUNDBITE(Chinese) Xiong Can, hairy girl(with reporter asking questions):
(Reporter:"Do you want to go to school?")
"Yes."
(Reporter:"Why?")
"I will be a good girl if I go to school."
23. Mid of Xiong standing writing on windowsill

Storyline

Happy childhood doesn't apply in the case of Xiong Can, a seven-year-old girl suffering from hirsutism and epilepsy in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

Xiong Can lives in a village in Chongqing's Tongliang County. She was born with thick fine hair on her arms, legs and back. As she grew up, the hair got thicker and longer.

None of the villagers could tell what the problem was with the girl. The family visited many hospitals and finally got the answer from the Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, which diagnosed her case as a combination of epilepsy and idiopathic hirsutism.

The monthly medical expenses became a heavy burden for the family and crushed the mother who chose to flee through a divorce. Now the father is perennially away from home, working in the city of Chongqing to making a living for the family, leaving Xiong Can to the care of her grandmother Wang Lianhui.

"Her parents divorced when she was four, and her mother returned to her hometown in Guizhou. She has never been back since then, not even given a phone call, never a single word from her," said the grandmother.

The father's job cannot earn him enough to cover the family's living expenses and medical bills for the girl. The grandmother has to use razor to shave the hairs off. "We've been to many places seeking medical help, but no use. We have spent a lot of money, and we're penniless now," sighed the grandma.

Xiong Can is studying in a primary school now, and she is hungry for knowledge. On Friday, the International Children's Day, her school raised 31,721 yuan (5,009 U.S. dollars) for her.

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