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    Feb 10, 2015

    'Most Beautiful Young Woman with Cancer' dies


    LI NA, a 20-year-old Chinese woman who was praised as the "Most Beautiful Young Woman with Cancer", died on Sunday morning at the Gaoling county hospital in Shaanxi province, Hua Shang Daily reported.

    Ms Li's story has gone viral online over the past year for her optimistic spirit and strong-willed determination to fight her lung cancer.

    In October, she participated in reality talent programme Chinese Dream Show on Zhejiang Satellite TV after her story was reported by the local media.

    Ms Li was born in Gaoling County in Xi'an, the capital of north-western China's Shaanxi province. Her short life was marked by terrible suffering - eight years ago, her leg was amputated at the thigh because of osteosarcoma and, three years ago, her mother died of lupus.

    Ms Li said that when she was 12, she returned from hospital with a leg missing, and had to use a wheelchair. Her father, Li Yongli, said that the amputation devastated her mother and she could not bring herself to see her daughter for a week after the operation.

    Ms Li suggested that it was her amputation that caused her mother's illness. After the operation, her mother often fell ill. Later, her mother was confirmed as suffering from lupus erythematosus and died in 2012.