A 5-year-old boy that looks like the Buddha has becomes a live stream star to help pay bills for his life-threatening kidney condition.
- The five-year-old boy from Changchun in Jilin province, China, who looks like Buddha, is attracting the attention of millions of people in his livestream
- “Little Stone” (Xiaoshi) was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome when he was 14 months old.
- His parents spend more than 300,000 yuan ($43,000) and sold their house to save their son’s life
- Xiaoshi’s “Buddha” looks made him a livestream star with an average of 1 million viewers.
The young kid nicknamed “Little Stone” (Xiaoshi), from Changchun in Jilin province was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome when he was 14 months old.
Nephrotic syndrome is a collection of symptoms due to kidney damage which includes protein in the urine, low blood albumin levels, high blood lipids, and significant swelling. Other symptoms may include weight gain, feeling tired, and foamy urine. Complications may include blood clots, infections, and high blood pressure.
Xiaoshi’s parents spends more than 300,000 yuan ($43,000) to save their son’s life, they even sold their house to make it happened.
Fortunately, the young tot condition has considerably improved however, his medication still a financial burden on his parents who both work low-paying jobs which costs about 7,000 yuan ($1,000) a month.
Due to his medication, Xiaoshi’s weight has ballooned to nearly 35 kilograms, giving the little boy a “Buddha-like” look and this has become the key factor when his parents launched a livestream account and him being the star.
Xiaoshi’s “Buddha” looks made him an internet star with an average of 1 million viewers around the country and this new found fame was able to help the family with their expenses.
However, his parents are a little worried about what sort of effect becoming an internet star will have on his growth and development, but still, Xiaoshi is happy with his newfound occupation.
Xiaoshi said, “Since there are a lot of uncles, aunts, brothers, and sisters who care about me, I can earn money to pay for my medical fees. I want to make money for myself to take the burden away from my parents. I believe that I can get better.”
On the other hand, because of his disorder, Xiaoshi hasn’t been able to go to school, meaning that this has been his first chance to make friends. Plus, the money is good.