Chow Pui-shan is just thankful to be alive.
That already is a miracle for people with her condition, most of whom are not expected to live beyond the age of two.
But not only did Chow survive being confined in a hospital ward for the first 16 years of her life, she is also marking a few milestones.
In September, she goes to the University of Hong Kong to study arts or English after passing this year’s Hong Kong diploma of secondary education (HKDSE) examination.
Chow suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative disease characterized by muscle wasting and loss of mobility.
It has left her paralyzed from the neck down, able only to move two fingers in her right hand, according to SkyPost.
Her condition meant her studies were impaired which is why she will be one of the oldest freshmen in her class at 21.
But she is nothing if not tough.
She spends four hours to finish a homework an ordinary student does in an hour.
Finally, she graduated from SAHK B M Kotewall Memorial School in Kwai Chung.
In this year’s HKDSE exam, she scored 21 points, which pushed her past the 20-point minimum for university admission, with the help of someone who wrote the answers on the test paper after she dictated them.
For perspective, a topnotcher from La Salle College collected 44 points.
Last year, Chow was in Admiralty to show her solidarity with students protesting for democracy and to “let people know I’m a member of the community”.
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