*Wow, you have got to admit, there are people struggling with problems most of us never even thought of. A group of surgeons in China are about to perform an operation on a teenage boy who was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis – resulting in an usually long neck. They are hoping to help him alleviate pain by shortening it.
Fu Wengui, 15, of Beijing, will go under the knife because he has immense pain which is caused by three extra vertebrae in his neck.
Wengui has 10 vertebrae in his neck while the average person has seven, according to Quirky China, which released photos of him at the hospital. The vertebrae compress his nerves, making it difficult for him to walk.
“When he was six he was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis and abnormal chest frame,” Wengui’s father, Fu Genyou, told the agency.
Congenital scoliosis is a spinal deformity caused by abnormally formed vertebrae, and usually occurs in early development, according to the Scoliosis Research Society. Wengui’s surgery will reduce the size of his neck and hopefully enhance movement and reduce pain.
Wengu’s surgery will be sponsored by a Beijing-based charity; and it will be performed at Chaoyang Hospital, which is working on a treatment plan, according to Quirky News’ press release.
“I just hope I can have a normal neck,” Wengui said.