The ultimate love: This grandmother pushes her disabled grandson 24 km to and from school every day
While most of us whinge about having to do menial tasks, this grandmother from China is ready to walk 24 km every day to ensure that her grandson gets the education he deserves.
No one can complain about having to walk a mile to the grocery store once they read the story of 76-year-old Shi Yuying, an iron-willed grandmother who has not an ounce of quit in her. In a bid to ensure that her disabled grandson gets to school each day, Yuying walks an astonishing 15 miles (24 kilometers) pushing his wheelchair, and never offers any complaint.
According to Huanqiu.com, Yuying makes four return trips a day pushing her nine-year-old grandson Jiang Haowen to school and back in the rural Guangxi Province where they live in southern China. Speaking of her unique situation, Yuying was quoted telling a local reporter: "As long as I have strength, I will carry on [pushing him]."
School bus facilities are not available in their area and a determination that her grandson, who suffers from cerebral palsy, gets an education wills Yuying to continue with the task every single day. The palsy has meant that Haowen cannot coordinate his movements and thus not walk, necessitating full-time care.
Yuying told Pear Video that her grandson had been diagnosed with the condition when he was two years old and that his parents had taken him to a doctor because he hadn't been able to walk. They sought medical treatment in the nearby cities of Nanjing and Liuzhou, but treatment proved to be ineffective. The bills that were racked up left the family deep in debt.
Cerebral palsy is caused by a problem in the parts of the brain responsible for controlling the muscles, with it estimated to affect 764,000 children and adults in the US alone. According to the CDC, about 10,000 babies born each year show symptoms of the disorder. That figure is unsurprisingly worse when you consider world statistics, with about 17 million people said to suffer from the condition.
The condition has no cure, with physiotherapy one of the touted treatments for easing and managing the symptoms. It is partly preventable through immunization of the mother and efforts to prevent head injuries in children through improved safety. While it does not affect life expectancy, emotional and physical strain can put a great deal of stress on the body and cause further problems as the person grows older.
Haowen's parents divorced when he was just four years old, with his father now working in another city so he can support the family. His mother, on the other hand, has remarried. Yuying and Haowen now live in the Daizhuyuan Village, Huangguan Town in Guanuang County.
Yuying had initially used a bike to push Haowen to school, but last July, the local authorities provided the family with a wheelchair as poverty relief. Since then, she has without fail pushed her grandson to school every day for the past four years, no matter how bad the weather.
She told Pear Video that she takes Haowen to school four times a day: once in the morning and once in the afternoon. She then has to walk back home on each occasion, and then head back once again to collect him from school: once at noon and once in the evening.
Because his school is located about 1.86 miles (3 km) from their home, Yuying practically walks about 24 km every single day. But that is not an issue for her — she says she is more than happy to take on the task, adding that Haowen is a smart child. Yuying says that he excels in math and has a very good memory.
But taking Haowen to school isn't her only task. She also looks after all other aspects of his life as well. She says she's looking for a good school for disabled children and hopes she will be able to send her grandson to one someday.
A video of the woman's story:
If you have any views or stories that you would like to share with us, drop us an email at email@example.com