YILIANG, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chen Degang, a villager living in the mountain town of Luozehe, the area most devastated by a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck on Sept. 7, was watching TV on the second floor of his tile-roofed house when the earthquake that claimed 81 lives hit.
The house collapsed just after the 39-year-old man jumped to the ground.
As the county seat is a two-hour drive from his village and lots of aftershocks continued to jolt the town, his injured left foot could not be treated immediately.
But some people told Chen that an African volunteer who studied traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) could treat his injury.
Diarra Boubacar, 48, who got his medical doctor degree from Chengdu University of TCM in 1997, diagnosed Chen with a heel tendon contusion. Boubacar wrapped Chen's left heel with bandages after applying some medicine, then he gave Chen a bottle of safflower oil and told him to stay off his feet.
Chen struggled to stand up and insisted that his wife bring a basin of water so Boubacar could wash his hands.
On Friday afternoon, Li Dehua, a 72-year-old veteran, was picking through the debris of his collapsed house to check if there was anything useful left. Boubacar removed Li's worn-out shoes and helped him put on a new pair of white shoes that were donated by a volunteer.
Although the shoes were a little too big, Li burst into grateful, but sorrowful tears. He lost everything in the quake but his 70-year-old wife and a 40-year-old mentally-ill daughter.
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