Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2012]
Origins: The item displayed above shows several photographs of a girl with what appears to be a severely distended abdomen and offers the claim that Facebook will donate $1 toward her treatment every time her picture is shared. As with all such Internet appeals, this item is merely yet another reiteration of a long-running class of hoax which lures the gullible into spreading such
However, although the nature of the appeal is false, the girl pictured in the photographs is real. She was not suffering from a cancerous tumor as suggested in some versions of this hoax, but was instead diagnosed with Budd-Chiari syndrome, a hepatic vein obstruction that prevents blood from flowing out of the liver and back to the heart and thus results in abdominal distension. According to a November 2010 China Daily article, 4-year-old Hu Yunxing of Shanxi Province, China, had traveled to Beijing that month to seek diagnosis and treatment of her condition:
Hu Yunxing is suffering from Budd-Chiari Syndrome, said her relieved father, Hu Tianpeng. He said he is delighted that the family's four-year search for a diagnosis is finally over.
"Now that we have a diagnosis, we are so happy and have great confidence that there will be a future for our daughter," Hu said.
Hu Tianpeng, the father of Hu Yunxing, said she developed a fever several times during her treatment and the hospital sent him a notice on
He said his daughter's temperature started to rise after doctors began drawing liquid from her stomach.
"Her body temperature reached
He said her condition has since improved.
Last updated: 14 March 2012
Wanli, Yang. "China's Best Treating Little Girl." China Daily 22 November 2010. Wanli, Yang. "Big-Stomach Girl, 4, Too Ill to Finish Treatment: Father." China Daily 8 December 2010.