Zou Hongyan had terrible complications while giving birth to her only son, which left him disabled for life with cerebral palsy. Doctors encouraged her to give him up but Zou rejected their claims and divorced her husband and made her life a mission to treat and support her baby boy when no one else would.
Zou worked at least 3 jobs to support her family and did everything possible to help her son stimulate his senses. She taught him how to use chopsticks when his stiff hands could barely grip them.
“I didn’t want him to feel ashamed about these physical problems,” she told the South China Morning Post. “Because he had inferior abilities in many areas, I was quite strict on him to work hard to catch up where he had difficulties.”
29 years later, that same boy – Ding Ding – is a Peking University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and engineering.
His mother must be overjoyed with pride as her dream was to watch her son progress in life. And Ding Ding is extremely lucky to have the greatest support any disabled child could wish for.
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