A 14-year-old deaf boy who was never formerly taught how to communicate with sign language was given a chance to study for free at a school for the hearing-impaired in Wuhan, Hubei province after media reported the story of a recent operation he’d undergone.
Zhu Feng, form Macheng, Hubei province, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University last year. Because of his illness, he’s underweight at just 19 kilograms and underdeveloped physically.
Young Zhu had to undergo surgery in January when his condition deteriorated, but doctors had trouble communicating with him because he was never schooled in sign language, according to China Daily. He came from a poor family and had little chance to communicate with friends in his childhood. His father is also deaf and his mother illiterate.
Zhu’s nurses began drawing comics to prep him for his surgery and the story was picked up by local media. When authorities at a Wuhan school for the hearing-impaired heard about it, they offered to admit Zhu for free.
Faculty and students went to visit Zhu at the hospital recently, bearing paintings and school bags as gifts.
“The companionship of classmates, along with the education provided by the teachers, will significantly help Zhu’s growth and help encourage him to bravely receive future treatments,” said Li Xiaoning, one of Zhu’s doctors.