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Incomplete heart, lungs, and stomach  peaceful coping without complaining 
      Outstanding alumni at the Department of Visual Design, Kaohsiung Normal University --Wang Chia-ling. She was born with congenital thoracic diaphragm damage, missing cardia, resulting in pressure on her chest cavity by her stomach through the rare disease “congenital hiatus hernia.” After the operation, Chia-ling still had the problems of acid reflux, permanent asthma caused by inadequate lung functions. The substitution of the right lung’s functions caused thoracic cage deformity and serious scoliosis, which compressed the heart and lung, requiring further surgery, and 18 steel pins were installed to keep them in place. Thus, Chia-ling still needs to take drugs in the long term, relying on oxygen machines and respiratory machines to help control her illness. With the help of her single mother Hui-yin Li, Chia-ling learned to deal with her disease. Even though she frequently had to go in and out of the hospital, and had to take medical leaves of absence from school, Chia-ling never gave up on reading, drawing, and calligraphy. She insists on working hard for her dreams, and continues moving forward in the field of art – she is a “steel pin angel.”

Congenital thoracic diaphragm damage, insufficient functions in heart, lungs, and stomach 
     Wang Chia-ling is a woman born in 1987. At birth, she seemed healthy and normal. But soon, her family members found that Chia-ling was different, because she could not drink milk normally. Whenever Chia-ling was lying flat, the milk she just drank would leak out of her mouth and nose. After a year’s complicated diagnostics, it was found that Chia-ling had “congenital hiatus hernia,” congenital thoracic diaphragm damage, missing cardia, resulting in pressure on her chest cavity by her stomach. Although there was timely surgery, the reflux of stomach acid seriously damaged Chia-ling’s esophagus, causing lower esophagus ulcers, accompanied by bleeding and vomiting. Due to medical neglect in the intensive care unit after the operation, her left lung could not fully open, and the trachea was closed. The lung problems also caused various complications, for instance, permanent asthma caused by inadequate lung functions. The substitution of the right lung’s functions caused thoracic cage deformity and serious scoliosis; since there was scoliosis of 82 degrees, it compressed the heart and lung, requiring further surgery, and 18 steel pins were installed to keep them in place. After treatment, the scoliosis is 20 degrees. Now, Chia-ling still needs to take medicine in the long run, relying on oxygen machines and respiratory machines to help control her illness.

     Ever since she was young, Chia-ling has been physically weak. Her serious asthma and gastrorrhagia made it difficult for her to absorb nutrients, resulting in malnutrition and anemia. She is weaker and smaller than others, and has worse immune ability, so she is frequently in and out of hospitals. From elementary to middle school, Chia-ling often had common colds rapidly degenerate into pneumonia, or her asthma would cause serious gastrorrhagia, so she had to keep rushing to the hospital, in and out of the emergency room. Since Chia-ling frequently had to take medical leaves, she spent much of her time in the hospital. She could only learn by self-study. Thus, early on, she put her interest in sedentary activities such as drawing and reading – she uses drawing to break through physical obstacles, and reads to fulfill herself.

Insist on dreams, draw light into life
     Chia-ling has liked to draw since she was 4 or 5 years old, and would copy the Chinese characters from books. After starting elementary school, her mother let her learn drawing and calligraphy. Her teacher recommended her for admission to the art class of Jianan Elementary School in Taipei. Even though school work at the art class was very busy due to diversified instruction, and her physical condition was very bad, so she had to give on the art class of Jinhua Middle School, which had already accepted her. However, Chia-ling still continued practicing drawing and calligraphy as interests. While at Xisong Middle School, she was frequently asked to participate in various art competitions inside and outside the school, and she has performed well. However, the good times did not last long, Chia-ling’s heart and lungs were compressed by scoliosis caused by lung problems, and had to have an operation at the doctor’s suggestion, after which she took a year off school to rest at home. After resuming her third year of middle school, Chia-ling was selected to participate in Taipei’s Songshang Cup Creative Drawing Competition, winning first place among individuals and groups among various school teams, and even won the Mayor’s Award when she graduated.

     Having tested into Taipei Municipal Song Shan High School close to home, Chia-ling felt tired and defeated by the academic advancement-oriented atmosphere, and at one point she stopped drawing because her body could not cope. Gradually, Chia-ling began doubting her abilities. After communicating with her family, Chia-ling decided to take another leave of absence. This leave of absence allowed her to rest her body, and allowed Chia-ling to stop so she can think about her future direction. Finally, Chia-ling decided to pick up the brush and continue developing in art. A year of rest let Chia-ling confirm her direction and move forward bravely, smoothly testing into Department of Visual Design, Kaohsiung Normal University. In the familiar artistic environment, learning drawing and design makes her feel fulfilled and happy, in hopes that in the future she would be able to advance her studies in art.