elephant face:A woman with tumours around her face has found support from fans online in China.
Nicknamed ‘Elephant Face’, 48-year-old Liu Ying attempted to commit suicide after surgery failed to help her.
A year ago she decided to take part in online live-streaming where she asked for help crowdfunding her surgery.
According to an interview with Pear, Liu started to experience pain in her face at the age of nine.
She was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disease that grows tumours along the nerves.
Liu has tumours on her cheeks and her chin, causing facial deformity and loss of vision in her right eye.
She also has difficulties digesting and talking.
Liu took up live streaming in China in 2016 and has been crowd funding for her surgery
When she was 24, she underwent surgery to attempt to remove the tumours however it failed.
The tumours continued to grow and stopped her from venturing out in public.
She lives with her father in Liaoyang city of Liaoning Province.
Liu told Pear that she tried to commit suicide and was saved by doctors at the hospital.
Last year, Liu was introduced to live-streaming on social media.
The growth of tumours made Liu to spend more time to eat as it causes pain when she chewed
The 48-year-old hoped to encourage people to be brave and face their problem
It was there that she made friends with some of her audience while talking about her life experience.
‘People donate money to me and I hope I can afford to undergo another surgery to remove my tumours,’ said Liu.
She added that live-streaming can allow more people to know more about the disease.
‘There are haters online, but I learn to adjust my feelings towards them. If the surgery is successful, I want to encourage others to be brave,’ she told the reporter.