A girl whose legs had to be amputated after she suffered severe injuries in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, has received an invitation from a Canadian college to experience flying courses during the upcoming winter vacation.
Seven years ago, 11-year-old Huang Meihua failed to escape as she was pinned down under stairs in the school building in Beichuan county when a powerful earthquake struck Southwest China's Sichuan province.
She had to be transported to hospital on a helicopter. Since that day she has dreamt of flying a plane.
After learning about her story, Qing Guangya, principal of an international school in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, admitted her in school and waived off all the fees, including tuition fees.
Coming from a small town, Huang could not speak or write English. But the ambitious girl found every possible way to make it up by herself, and scored 98 points in the final exam, up from 66 points in the midterm.
"Some people think that handicapped people are weak or weird," she said. "So I want to be a better person to influence everyone around me."
When the Canadian college came to her school to enroll students, the staff heard about Huang Meihua's story and decided to offer her a chance.
The course in February in Vancouver will last three weeks, including five to 10 hours' flying and basic knowledge of flying. The college will make a comprehensive evaluation on how well she has mastered the knowledge and skills and her physical adaptation.
Talking about the course, Huang said with confidence that "flying an airplane doesn't need to use feet. Now that the college has chosen me, I think I can make it."