19. A Young Woman With Rickets, Heart Disease, And Asthma Is Healed

¡¡¡¡By Feng Mei, As Told To Gui Lian

¡¡¡¡I was born in Northeast China, in the countryside. I was born with heart disease, asthma and many other illnesses and spent a great deal of time in hospitals. Since the hospitals could provide no healing benefits, my parents tried other means of healing, including having monks and folk healers treat my ailments. However, my health continued to deteriorate. At five years of age, I developed rickets. Going to school seemed to be an impossible dream. As time went on, my parents grew quite weary of having to cope with my problems. My tears of disappointment and loneliness flowed continually. When I was seven, I was hospitalized in critical condition. The money my father earned as a mason was far from enough to cover the medical expenses, and he was heavily in debt. One day, a doctor declared me hopeless and asked my father to prepare for my funeral.

¡¡¡¡On the way home, my father, carrying me on his back, approached a bridge. He said to himself, ¡±Since she is going to die, why don't I drop her into the river?¡± He heaved a sigh and reproached himself,¡± But she is my daughter, so she should die in our home.¡± After returning home, however, I miraculously recovered.

¡¡¡¡In October of 1992, when I was nine, I was once again in critical condition. My parents said to me, ¡±You'd better die by yourself! After you die, we'll be free, and you will also be free from pain. Since you are disabled right now, you will suffer even more if you grow up.¡± Heart-broken though I was, I felt there was no reason for me to live in the world anymore, so I went with effort to a deserted well and jumped into it. When I was in the well, I floated and didn't sink, as if someone was supporting me. A kind-hearted neighbor pulled me out of the well. Later I begged my parents, ¡±Let me survive! Others may live for 100 years: I only ask for 40 years.¡± My parents turned their backs on me without saying a word.

¡¡¡¡Fortunately, when I was 16, I found Falun Dafa, and my life was transformed. The first time I heard the words, ¡°Falun Gong,¡± I was stunned, and a feeling of excitement and joy filled my heart. I thought to myself,¡± Since I am going to die shortly anyway, I'll try my best to learn this as well as I can.¡±

¡¡¡¡In the process of my practicing Falun Gong, my cheeks turned rosy, I learned to read, and went through the book, Zhuan Falun by myself. Gradually and imperceptibly at first, my back straightened, and then all of my other illnesses disappeared. I became a beautiful young woman. My transformation shocked all who knew me and became a popular topic of conversation in my town. Many people witnessed the power of Dafa through my changes. In 2000 the local police arrested and tortured me twice to try to force me to quit practicing Falun Dafa. I told them, ¡°I should have died twice. It's Dafa that has saved my life. I would have no hesitation risking my life to safeguard Dafa. I'll practice resolutely, even if you should beat me to death!¡±

¡¡¡¡I just want to tell everyone through my experiences that my Teacher of Falun Dafa has saved so many people who were as desperate as I once was! He has rejuvenated so many lives!

¡¡¡¡Note: Even though it's illegal for parents to force their daughters to commit suicide, it is not a rare situation to see in China. Especially in the rural areas, parents still value boys over girls. Also, due to the cruel birth control policy enforced by the Chinese government, many baby girls have been abandoned or even killed by their parents. Peasants in China get no assistance from the government for their medical expenses, and most of them are not covered by any kind of medical insurance. A peasant with serious illness can often only wait to recover by himself or die.