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Mom Walks Out on Family, So 7-Year-Old Boy Studies, Works and Takes Care of Paralysed Father

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No savings, and no mommy, but this 7-year-old boy isn’t giving up on his father.

It’s been 2 years since , 37-year-old Ou Tongming was paralysed from the waist down.

The labourer fell from the 2nd floor of a house which he was building and broke his ribs and vertebrae.

He also injured his spinal cord, which caused him to be paralysed.

After Ou’s family savings were used up for his treatment this year, his wife took off, together with his daughter.

That left 7-year-old Yanglin to care for his bedridden father.

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The first-grader wakes up at 6 am every morning to prepare food for his father before going to school.

After eating lunch he hurries back home to feed Daddy, then hurries back to school.

That’s when he walks around the campus collecting scrap metal to exchange for money so he can buy medicine for his father.

Once school and work are done, Yanglin returns home to help his father apply medicine and turn him over to ease the pain of his bedsores, one of which has ulcerated and spread an infection to his pelvis.

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Yanglin can earn 20 yuan, or S$4 a day from the sale of scrap metal.

The Chinese government gives the family from Guizhou province 300 yuan (S$60) in financial aid a month, while kind neighbours sometimes offer them food.

Yanglin’s father says he has considered suicide as he won’t be a burden to his son, but he couldn’t bear to leave the child orphaned.

Yanglin is having none of that.

He says that he wants to grow up as soon as possible so he can earn money to cure his father.

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