An 80-year-old man in Zhejiang province has cared for his son suffering from polio for the last 50 years, winning the praise and respect of web users across China after his touching story was published online last week.
According to Qian Guanhua, from Changqin village in Yuxin township, his son Qian Yougen was diagnosed with polio just one week after his birth following a high fever.
Qian did what he could to save his his boy’s life. Since then, Yougen has had to rely on his father. Despite the obvious hardships, Qian says he has never once thought about abandoning his son or handing his responsibilities as a parent and caregiver over to someone else.
Things aren’t easy for Qian. He injured his left hand while working on the farm, severing three fingers. Another farming accident took his right eye. As he is getting older, his left eye suffers from cataracts and he has a hard time seeing clearly.
Qian’s wife suffers from high blood pressure and heart disease, meaning that he has to shoulder most of the burden of caring for their son each day.
Recently, Yougen accidentally fractured his lower jaw, resulting in him being hospitalized for over a month following surgery. During that time, Qian and his wife took good care of their son. To help pass the time, Qian bought his son a recorder, played songs and told stories. Doctors and patients were moved to tears by Qian’s devotion to his son.
In late November, Qian carried Yougen onto a taxi and headed back home.
“I don’t see him as a burden to our family. He’s part of our family and he just depends on our help,” Yougen’s sister said. “But I believe that if he were a healthy person, then he would also help us if we were sick.”
Qian has fed Yougen food for the last 50 years and he also doesn’t see him as a burden. When villagers were trying to persuade Qian to hand Yougen over to a nursing home, Qian rejected their proposal. “If you don’t take care of your own son, who else would help you do it?” he asked.
When his family is out working on the farm, Yougen stays home. When they return, he greets them and tells them who from the village came by for a visit.
Yougen knows that without such a selfless father, he would never have lived for so long, but he also has no idea how much longer his dad will be able to accompany him through life.
The story of Qian and Yougen has gone viral online, melting hearts across the Chinese internet.
Web user @豆芽君 writes, “I’m moved to tears. As long as he has life, everything will be fine. It is worthwhile to help him and the father is a much better person than those who abandon their own kids.”
“I cried after reading this story. I can’t remember being this touched before. Now, when I become a father myself, I’ll be able to feel how great a father’s love is,” comments @天上有只小飞猪.
“He’s such a good old man. May god bless him and let him live another 80 years!” 紅塵倦客 writes.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]