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Grandma Walks 15 Miles Per Day To Push Her Disabled Grandson Back And Forth To School

For some grandmothers, their love for their grandchildren knows no bounds. One elderly woman from China loves her disabled grandson so much that she's willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure that he gets an education.

Every day, she pushes her grandson in a wheelchair to school, then picks him up again. She says she'll do it for as long as she can.

Shi Yuying, a 76-year-old grandmother from China, is the sole caretaker of her 9-year-old grandson, Jiang Haowen.

Jiang suffers from cerebral palsy, a condition that affects a person's coordination and ability to move. The young boy can't walk on his own.

His parents first noticed something was wrong when Jiang passed the age at which babies usually begin to walk. They began bringing him to doctors all over the region and were informed of his condition.

At the age of four, his parents split up. His mother went on alone and is reportedly remarried. Jiang's father works in another city so he can pay the bills and support his son and mother.

Jiang’s grandmother is the boy's full-time caregiver, and she's determined to ensure that part of that care means he gets a proper education. Rain or shine, Shi goes back and forth to the school four times per day up and down a mountain path in rural China.

She drops him off in the morning, then goes home. She returns to pick him up and bring him home for lunch.

She then brings him back to school and walks home, and finally goes back to pick him up in the evening and returns home with him. Each trip, one way, is a little under two miles. In total, her back-and-forth walks amounts to 15 miles.

Unfortunately, school bus facilities are not available in the area, however, the local authorities did furnish the impoverished family with a wheelchair so they could get around with the little boy. This has been helpful, but it still requires a great deal of labor to ensure he’s in school.

The grandmother is willing to do it for as long as it takes, or for as long as she's able. She says her grandson is good at math and has an excellent memory.

Because he's physically disabled, she feels that having a good education will be essential in his life.

“As long as I can push the child, we must persevere," she told a local news outlet.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy. Physiotherapy can help patients manage the disease and it may ease some of the symptoms, but the stress that the condition puts on the body can lead to health problems later in life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 10,000 babies are born with cerebral palsy each year, and more than 17 million people suffer from it worldwide.

Thanks to his grandmother’s devotion, though, there is nothing stopping Jiang from living his life.

Cerebral palsy itself isn’t terminal, as long as patients are getting help with the care they require.

This little boy has an excellent caretaker who is literally willing to go the distance for him. With that kind of love, the possibilities are endless.

Source: Dailymail
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