A 21-year-old man is hoping he can put his best foot forward and follow his dream of becoming a basketball player — a dream that may finally become a reality thanks to a surgery to treat his gigantism.
Liu Huichang is set to receive an operation to treat his right foot, which has never stopped growing. He currently wears a size 31 shoe for the foot (it measures 17-inches long and five-inches thick).
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According to ‘The People’s Daily Online,’ translated by the ‘Daily Mail,’ doctors suggested to amputate his leg during his youth, but the man’s parents refused and attempted to stop the growth with the practice of foot binding. Unfortunately, it didn't work.
Huichang, who hails from China, says he’s finally getting the surgery to ease not only his own life, but also the life of his 70-year-old grandma, who has been making custom shoes for the young man since he was five-years-old.
His grandma used canvas and needles to make his unique footwear. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
While his feet may never be the same size, doctors still hope the procedure will make his everyday life better. Today, he works in a packaging factory, but says he had difficulty landing a full-time gig.
“Eventually my teacher helped and I finally landed on a job in a packaging factory,” he says. “If my foot gets better, I will definitely go and play basketball and wear some shoes from the high streets.”