Gong Guilin, 20, thought his dream of becoming a basketball player had died after he lost both his legs in last year's Sichuan earthquake. A high school student in Hanwang county, Sichuan, Mr Gong was buried in a collapsed classroom for 26 hours after the quake hit the province on May 12. After being rescued, his legs had to be amputated. Three months after the disaster, he was one of the first batch of beneficiaries to have prostheses fitted and receive rehabilitation services provided by Stand Tall, a charity group organised by medical staff from Hong Kong. 'I once thought I would never be able to stand up again. But now I can walk ... Maybe, one day, I will be able to run again,' he said. The basketball fan has continued to practise the sport in a wheelchair. 'My dream is to take part in the basketball games at the Paralympic Games,' he said. Mr Gong was one of the delegation members from the Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences and Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital invited by Chinese University to visit Hong Kong. They arrived on Sunday and return home tomorrow. To better serve the Sichuan patients and improve academic exchanges, the university's faculty of medicine signed a co-operation agreement with the Sichuan academy and the Sichuan hospital at Prince of Wales Hospital yesterday. Under the agreement, the two sides will jointly train up to 1,000 rehabilitation professionals and provide treatment for 10,000 quake victims across the province in the next three years. In the long run, the university plans to set up a teaching base at the Sichuan hospital and academic visits between the two sides will be arranged. It is estimated that about 70,000 patients in Sichuan were injured in the quake and 10 per cent of these need to use prostheses and receive long-term rehabilitation services. Li Yuanfeng, president of the Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences and Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, said: 'The Chinese University of Hong Kong enjoys a leading role in the areas of orthopaedics and rehabilitation around the world. We have much to learn and share with them.' Delegation members will share their experience with the Chinese University students during their four-day visit. Mr Gong and the two other amputee patients in the delegation will visit Hong Kong Disneyland, and receive medical treatment and advice in the city.