The tragic but heartwarming story of a 27-year-old woman in Guangxi, who began to patiently look after her fiancé after he had become paralyzed following a work-related accident, has recently been widely-shared across the Chinese web.
Liao Mingpei, got to know her fiance, Jiang Pengfei, in 2009 when she worked in Guangxi’s Baise city, Tencent News reported.
Not long after that, the two fell in love. However, for some unexplained reason, Jiang’s age was registered on his hukou as three years younger than his real age. According to China’s Marriage Law, men have to be 22 years old to get married, while women must be 20. Because of that complication, the two didn’t get married, and their daughter was born out of wedlock.
Then, a misfortune struck the family in August of last year. Jiang was badly injured and became paralyzed after a piece of metal fell onto his head at work, damaging his skull. The family exhausted their savings paying for his medical care, putting them 120,000 yuan into debt.
But the tragic accident didn’t change Liao’s devotion to her loved one. Instead, she has patiently looked after Jiang every day afterward. When he needs to drink water, she gives him an injection. When he needs to get something out of his throat, she turns him over to one side and pats his back.
Each day, Liao and Jiang’s mother also hike up into the mountains to collect herbs. After they come back home, they boil the herbs and help Jiang take a bath.
Liao told reporters that she often dreams that one day Jiang will wake up and they will hold their daughter’s hands and shoot a series of wedding photos.
When asked what makes her so dedicated to her paralyzed fiancé, Liao responds with a smile, “A day together as ‘one’ means endless devotion for the rest of your life.”
Thousands of web users took to online forums to express their respect for Liao:
Web user @Todde_____writes, “If I get a wife like her, I can die without regrets. After he recovers, he needs to cherish her.”
“This is true love,” comments @刀哥带你看世界
Another netizen @ 王雷虎v adds, “We should believe in true love. If you yourself don’t believe in it, you don’t deserve love! I hope he regains consciousness soon. Jia you!”
Liang’s devotion reminds us of one Shandong husband who has cared for his paralyzed wife for the last 56 years, as well as a selfless Fujian mom who has looked after a paralyzed man for the past 37 years after he was abandoned by his parents.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Nanguo Morning Post]
Follow Shanghaiist on WeChat