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Woman, 21, undergoes surgery to have her leg extended nine inches

By Mason White 12:55 PM March 10, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A woman is happy with the results of her surgery, which added nine inches to her leg.

Xu Juan, 21, of China, suffered from an infection in the bone when she was a child.

Due to poor medical facilities in her hometown, she did not get the proper medical treatment and her thigh bone eroded by bacteria.

This caused her left foot to be nine inches shorter than the right leg. Juan had difficulty walking, and she had to use crutches for most of her life.

Her parents saved every dollar they could in order to be able to pay for the surgery. Her condition was very complicated.

She not only had a short leg, but her knee joints and hip were also poorly developed, and had to be replaced, according to Dr. Hu Yihe.

The treatment plan consisted of two phases. First, her left leg was extended so that both legs were even. The second phase of surgery was to replace the left knee joint and left hip joint.

To lengthen her leg, doctors inserted a metal cage into her leg, and every day she had to turn a screw to stretch the leg a little more.