"About the only thing she could really move was her head and her foot, but she was incredibly determined," her father, Peng, told Central European News.
The 21-year-old has learned to perform many tasks with her left foot, including typing with her toes, the outlet reported. The skill has allowed her to begin writing a novel, of which she's already completed six chapters -- a total of 60,000 words.
"I'm not a genius but I'm very focused," she told a local TV station, according to Fox News. "When you have a disability like this, you have to learn patience."
To type, Hu is fastened to a wheelchair with a belt to stabilize her as she's using her foot, Central European News reported. It's no easy task, though the 21-year-old, who types 20 to 30 words a minute, says she's always had a determined spirit. Though she was unable to attend school in her village, due to her disability, she taught her self how to read and write.
"When I watched TV in my childhood, I learned new words with the subtitles," Hu told CNR, according to CCTV's Facebook post.
Hu has two more chapters to write before her book is complete. Portions of the novel have already been released online, and the reception, so far, has been positive.