The Strength Of A Mother’s Love

A Chinese mother has carried her son on her back for 35 years in order to give him a more enriched life. Xiong Mingqiang was born with a deformity that has caused his head to grow disproportionately large for his 80-centimeters-tall (31.5 inches) body, making him unable to stand. His mother chose to carry him in a bamboo basket, so he says he’s more familiar with the back of her shoulders than her face. For decades, Wen Qizhen hauled him up stairs and slopes with her hands on her knees for more strength and her body bent forward for balance. She’s transported her son to village fairs and other events and taken him to visit friends and relatives in order to widen his view of the world. “Because I’m dying to see what’s there outside. If I had sealed myself up in home without learning, I would even be mentally disabled,” said Xiong to China Daily. But Wen, who says she was advised by neighbors to abandon Xiong for his sake and hers, says any mother would have done the same thing. [China Daily via Impact Lab]

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