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For 20 hours Gao Ying lay in the rubble of her school in China's Sichuan province last spring. The May 2008 earthquake that struck southwest China had leveled many buildings across the region.

Gao had survived -- unlike many of her classmates -- but injuries sustained to both her legs meant she would need amputations just below her knees.

"I was very scared," recounted the 14-year-old Gao. "After my legs were amputated, I began treatment. In the beginning it was very hard to get used to my new legs. It's still hard to wear them, though it does help me to cope with my life better now." Read full article »

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