Anybody who’s ever tried to learn Chinese can attest to how much of a pain Chinese characters are, now just imagine writing them with your feet.
8-year-old Jiang Tianjin is different from his fellow classmates at a primary school in Shehong county, Sichuan province. When the teacher asks the class to raise their hands to answer a question, up comes Jiang’s bare right foot, waiting for her to call on him.
Jiang hasn’t let his lack of arms get in the way of his education. He always sits at the front of class and has turned himself into an excellent student.
When Sichuan Online reporters visited the school, Jiang’s teacher showed off a recent test that Jiang had taken. With only his toes and brain, Jiang had registered a perfect score.
Life certainly hasn’t been easy for Jiang. When he was born his mother fainted after learning that her son had been born without arms. While she was passed out, her family smuggled Jiang away and gave the newborn to a pedicab driver. After Jiang’s mother woke back up, she couldn’t stop crying.
But fate brought Jiang back to his mother’s arms. After realizing that the baby boy had no arms, the pedicab driver discarded Jiang by the side of the road, where he was luckily found by police and taken back to the hospital.
Holding on tight to her baby boy, Jiang’s mother vowed that she would never lose her son again.
After bringing him back home, Jiang’s parents began to train their son to use his feet like they were hands. Over time, Jiang’s toes became as useful as fingers and he slowly learned how to write with him.
In the future, Jiang’s mom hopes that her son will be able to “stand on his own two feet” and live life to the fullest. Back in 2014, an armless teenager from Sichuan made headlines after completing the dreaded gaokao using only his feet.
[Images via Sichuan Online]
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