Ms. Zhang Xiulan, 58, was a retired teacher from Dong-e County, Shandong Province. Most of Ms. Zhang's sicknesses were cured after practicing Falun Dafa. After July 20, 1999, she went to Beijing to appeal. She was extorted out of several thousand yuan and forced to go through brainwashing sessions. She was threatened many times as well, which severely affected her mental state. In 2002, her entire body became swollen as a result of the abuse she suffered. She eventually died in April 2004.