It started as a small swelling after she had her first child, but then it never stopped growing.
And now mum Liu Sau's leg has swollen to the size of an elephant's, leaving her unable to look after her children or work.
The mum-of-two from a village in eastern China's Jiangxi Province is in so much pain that she is now considering having her leg amputated because she can't afford medical treatment.
She is thought to have a lymphatic problem that caused the swelling to grow over time.
Liu is unable to work and relies on her husband Yang Yifa to do the field and house work, even though he suffers from chronic tuberculosis.
She said: "Keeping the leg is the best choice, but we are out of options."
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