Hou Gouzhu, now 11 years old, had half of his skull removed as a child because of Rasmussen’s Encephalitis. Two years ago, when he was 8, photos of him and his father splashed across Chinese and international media. He was quickly dubbed “half-brain boy” and many felt sympathy for the son and his father, who said they had spent every penny they owned on Hou’s medical treatments, and couldn’t even afford the ticket back to their home in Shandong province. Since then, donations have poured fourth and Hou was able to undergo cosmetic surgery. He was fitted with a skull made of titanium mesh, effectively giving him half his head back!