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‘My dream is to find a boyfriend’ says Chinese cerebral palsy sufferer, 21, who has spent life stuck inside home

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 October, 2016, 1:13pm
UPDATED : Monday, 31 October, 2016, 1:13pm

A house-bound 21-year-old Chinese woman with cerebral palsy has touched the hearts of local people after revealing her dream of finding a boyfriend, mainland media reports

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Liang Juan, who was diagnosed with the condition after her birth in a village in Guizhou, has spent her whole life at the family home, the newspaper Guizhou City News reported.

Her cerebral palsy – usually caused by a brain injury before or during birth, which causes the loss of movement in the arms and legs – means she is unable to go outside unless she is carried by her parents.

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Although she has spent years stuck at home – apparently unable to go to school because of her condition –she has stayed cheerful watching endless hours of television, and has hopes and dreams of finding love, just like everyone else.

“Can someone like me deserve the right to love? Is it possible for me to be cured?” she was quoted as saying in the report.

Recently she said she had become obsessed with surfing the internet after begging someone to buy her a 800 yuan smartphone, Liang was quoted as saying.

She had since posted videos of herself singing songs on social media platforms and had received lots of “likes” from the public.

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China has among the highest number of cerebral palsy patients, with about six million sufferers, including 1.8 million aged under 12.

There are up to 50,000 new cases in China each year, according to China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped.

A lack of funding, as well as poor facilities and a shortage of teachers for cerebral palsy patients in China has led to many parents of sufferers having to take full responsibility for their care sometimes even after they become adults.