A Chinese man has been locked in a cage for more than 40 years by his mother.
Peng Weiqing, 48, has been in the cage in his mother’s home in the city of Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, since he was six.
As a baby, Weiqing suffered brain damage following a fever. He then begun suffering severe epileptic fits at the age of six.
His mother, Peng Waimei, says she has kept him locked in the cage since then in order to protect him.
Fearing that he would hurt himself and unable to afford medical treatment, Waimei’s husband built a series of cages that got bigger as Weiqing grew.
Waimei said: “He can’t control himself.
“When he was young, quite often he would cut himself with a knife and glass debris.
“Even when walking, he could suddenly fall down and hit his face and make it bleed.
“He must know me, although he may not know the meaning of “mother”. He is my 48-year-old child.”
Aged 80 and with her husband now dead, Waimei fears for her son when she dies and hopes to find someone to take care of him.