87-year-old Liang Xiuzhen needs surgery to remove a large horn-like growth from her skull.
I hope you got over your childhood unicorn obsession, because if you were still into them now, this picture would ruin them for you forever. Of course, what you're seeing isn't actually a horn – it's a "cornu cutaneum," a rare form of keratinous skin tumor.
According to the Mirror, Liang Xiuzhen first noticed a small black mole on her head seven or eight years ago. She complained about it itching to her son, who treated it with traditional Chinese medicine until the itching stopped. But the growth didn't go away. In fact, two years ago it grew into a small horn the size of a pinky finger.
Like anyone else in her situation, Xiuzhen couldn't resist picking at it. She eventually broke it this past February, and it turned out to be the worst thing that could have happened. It grew back faster than ever before, and quickly turned into the whopping 5-inch rhino horn you see above.
Now, Xiuzhen has had enough. The horn has gotten so big it prevents her from sleeping, and it bleeds from time to time. It's also led the people in her small village in Sichuan Province, China to start calling her the "unicorn woman." Very original, villagers.
Her family finally took her to the hospital, where doctors recommended removing it surgically. Her relatives are worried about her going under the knife at her age, however. They don't want to put her in danger, even if it means her living the rest of her life as a mythical beast. If that's not love, we don't know what is.