'I am just ill, I am not a monster'
A Chinese mother-of-two has been left disfigured by tumours which have been growing on her face for the last 10 years, the Daily Mail published in Britain reported Monday.
According to the report, Li Hongfang, 40, is shunned in public because of the rare condition which has caused her face to slowly swell.
She has been unable to get medical treatment for Chordoma because she cannot afford it. The illness is a form of bone cancer which causes tissue to grow.
The trouble started in 2001 when she noticed a small patch of swelling on her forehead which she initially ignored because it was not painful.
When her condition was finally diagnosed four years later, doctors said she had seven tumours growing on her face.
But she has been unable to pay the 600,000 yuan or 110 million won medical bill and has been forced to watch them slowly grow, the newspaper said.