Live from rural China: how a paralysed man found new life as an internet star

By day, Tian Haicheng relies on others to help him dress, eat and bathe.
But when night falls, the paralysed former factory worker in northwest China transforms into a live-streaming star.
As soon as he logs on to an online chat room from his home in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, he is greeted by many of his more than half a million faithful viewers.
“What took you so long?” one writes.
Using the knuckles of his permanently fisted hand, Tian, 39, navigates the mobile phone he…

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