Sang Lan Gives Birth to Baby Boy

April 14, 2014
Editor: Sophia Zhu
Sang Lan Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Sang Lan, a former world-class Chinese gymnast who was tragically paralyzed while preparing for the 1998 Goodwill Games, gave birth to a baby boy in Beijing on April 14.[weibo.com]

Sang Lan, a former world-class Chinese gymnast who was tragically paralyzed while preparing for the 1998 Goodwill Games, gave birth to a baby boy in Beijing on April 14.

On Sina Weibo, China's Twitter, Sang's family posted the message: Sang Lan gave birth to a baby boy at 0:19 am in Beijing, weighing 2.85 kilos. Thanks to everyone who cares for them.

Sang Lan, former member of the national women's gymnastics team, suffered severe spinal injuries in a competition at the Goodwill Games, held in Long Island in New York in the United States in 1998, she has been wheelchair-bound ever since. Sang captured the hearts of Americans while undergoing surgical treatment in the U.S. Sang hopes that she will compete in the National Games for the Disabled as a table tennis player.

On July 21, 1998, 17-year-old Sang Lan was injured while attempting a practice vault. According to doctors, she had a fracture-dislocation of her C-6 and C-7 vertebrae,  resulting in an injury to her spinal cord. At the time, Sang could not move her legs, she had minimal motion in her arms, and she had no feeling from the mid-chest down.

Despite her disability, Sang Lan was determined not to allow herself to lapse into despair. She firmly believed that she would be able to walk again one day. While Sang Lan was undergoing rehabilitation in New York, she captured the hearts of the American people. Many people called her a "brave and incredible young lady". She had become an international symbol of courage and was very popular in the United States.

The optimistic and adamant Sang was admitted to the School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University. Her long-cherished desire to go to college was realized.

Sang's mother said that before the vaulting accident, Sang had always busied herself with training and contests. After she returned from New York, Sang became very enthusiastic about her studies, and worked very hard. After years of rehabilitation, Sang can now skillfully use a computer.

"Getting up after you fall is the most ordinary thing for a gymnast. And it's also my motto," Sang said. "I'll arrange my time scientifically and work hard on my studies so as to be a winner in life."

As a former athlete, Sang has kept the idea of winning honor for the nation at the front of her mind. "If I can get better, I'll play table tennis and get ready to compete in the Paralympic Games," she said.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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