10th August 2022
College welcomes a student of courage
By Wang Qian/Zhu Youfang
For most graduating students, the college-admission season, usually in July and August, is a nervous time that is often described as a life-changing moment.
An anxious 18-year-old Peng Lanxi got his admission letter from Hunan University of Science and Technology on July 26, bringing his dream closer－making prosthetic limbs more advanced and accessible to people like him. His mother Wang Chunmei couldn't hold back her tears because she knew how her son had overcome the odds.
Peng lost his legs in a car accident in 2005, when he was a toddler. Having learned to walk using just his hands, he enjoys life as much as the teenagers around him. On his wheelchair, he plays basketball and badminton. Once a week, he goes for a 40-minute swim, and his best time for 100 meters is 1 minute and 15 seconds.
When going upstairs or downstairs, Peng's arms move like feet with speed and agility.
"I believe that obstacles are there to be conquered. Someone says that life is like a mirror, and we get the best results when we smile at it," Peng, who is from Changsha, Hunan province, says.