Li Juan holds a touch pen in mouth to type on her cellphone screen. /VCG Photo
People would call Li a successful businesswoman now for her online shop's sales reaching 600,000 yuan (about 87,000 US dollars) annually, but back in 2008 Li was a desperate student, who nearly ended her life.
She started suffering muscle wastage in 2008 and was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2012. With seven spinal cords severely damaged and stomach narrowed to the size of a child's, Li's weight dropped to 25 kg.
At that period, Li was only able to eat fluid food. Not wanting to be a burden to her family, Li begged her mother to help end her life many times. "I live every day by seconds," Li told the reporter.