A Chinese father hired and trained a young man to stand in as his deceased son in order for him to meet the boy’s elderly grandmother who was kept in the dark about his passing.
Huang Ge tragically died of muscular dystrophy in 2009, but his father, Huang Xiaoyong, didn’t inform his mother so as to spare her the anguish of the news. With her vision and hearing beginning to fade, Huang Xiaoyong told his mother that Huang Ge was improving in health and was able to stand up.
While the deception had remained intact for several years, the news that he was on the mend led his mother to ask to visit. To keep up the ruse, Huang Xiaoyong began searching for a man matching his son’s description. Eventually he found a man named Wang Feng who was willing to impersonate his son.
In an interview with Xinhua, Huang told reporters, “I needed a young man aged between 25 to 28, around 1.7 meters in height and weighing 55 kilograms. Wang Feng was a perfect fit.”
Wang was coached by Huang about how to sit in a wheelchair and walk with a crutch. He was even taken to the bedroom and grave of Huang’s son in order to prepare himself for the role.
“The day before meeting, Huang got me a haircut,” Wang said on the day he met Huang’s grandmother. “This morning my wife cut my beard and fingernails to make me look more presentable.”
When Huang’s mother met Wang Feng earlier this week, she was reportedly delighted to see her grandson again and didn’t notice any difference.
Wang said that he felt good about helping Huang’s grandmother avoid distress and plans to keep in touch Huang.