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Face girl's happy life after quake

2009-11-10 10:35:45 GMT2009-11-10 18:35:45 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The combo photo shows as below: (Top) photo taken by Yang Lei on Nov. 4, 2009 shows Gao Yaqian, an 8-year-old pupil, smiling while enjoying a leisure moment at home in Lirang Town of Liangping County, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Nov. 4, 2009. (Bottom) photo taken by Liu Chan on May 13, 2008 shows Gao Yaqian receiving treatment in a provisional ward of the People's Hospital of Liangping County, after the May 12, 2008 massive earthquake left her injured in Liangping County, southwest

Gao Yaqian, an 8-year-old pupil of the Central Primary School of Lirang Town, attends a Chinese-language class, in Liangping County, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Oct. 30, 2009. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

Gao Yaqian, an 8-year-old pupil of the Central Primary School of Lirang Town, discusses with classmates in a Chinese-language class, in Liangping County, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Oct. 30, 2009. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

Gao Yaqian, an 8-year-old pupil of the Central Primary School of Lirang Town, smiles while enjoying a leisure moment at home, in Liangping County, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Nov. 4, 2009. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

Gao Yaqian, an 8-year-old pupil of the Central Primary School of Lirang Town, shows her certificate of merit with a smiling face for new life at home in Liangping County, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Oct. 30, 2009. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

Gao Yaqian, an 8-year-old pupil, takes classes at the Central Primary School of Lirang Town in Liangping County, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Oct. 30, 2009.

Against haze in early morning, Gao Yaqian, who usually wears a red gym suit and plaits a ponytail, scampers and frolics en route to school, with smiling faces all the way.Gao Yaqian was under spotlight after a news photo showed her helpless, petrified, consternated and a swollen face covered with dust and mud, with oxygen hose in nostril, a shocking sight under caliginous light, when her school in Lirang Town was seriously hit in the massive earthquake on May 12, 2008.Now, the so-called "Face Girl", previously on account of consternation, has turned into another complexion of brisk, happiness, and loveliness.

Gao can still recall the moment when the earthquake jolted her school one and half years ago. "The classroom was shaky, block of dust fell down, people could not stand stable," she said. As other pupils swarmed to the corridor to escape, Gao slipped down. "Had it not for the teachers rushed to help me out, I had been sure to suffer worse wounds." At the moment she was rescued, she was in trance, limp and feeble, truly petrified.Her life was restored to normal very soon, as reconstruction of her hometown picked up pace and a new teaching building resistable to earthquake on 7 Richter Scale has been completed.

Gao Yaqian becomes more brightened as she gets convalescence, while made progress in studying. Like many classmates, they are more often prone to burst into laughter.

Now, a happy face girl, Gao Yaqian understands more about true meaning of life, and become diligent in doing housework.The happy face girl also won a top 10 award in the performance of Odes to Homeland last August.

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