Liu Yumei (R) helps her granddaughter, Xiang Yuexiang (L), to learn to walk. [Chongqing Women's Federation/Zhang Yichuan]
Liu Yumei, 69, from southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, has been carrying her granddaughter, who has infantile paralysis, better known as polio, to and from school for the past few years.
A few years ago, Liu moved to live with her daughter's family in order to help her granddaughter, Xiang Yuexiang, to attend classes.
Unfortunately, her daughter died from rheumatic heart disease in 2011. Xiang's father had to leave home to find work outside so as to earn their living and pay back debts resulting from his late wife's medical expenses.
Liu Yumei carries her granddaughter, Xiang Yuexiang, on her back to school. [Chongqing Women's Federation/Zhang Yichuan]
Since then, Liu has cared for her little granddaughter. "Yuexiang began school late because of her condition, so she is only in Grade Two now," said Liu. "I would like to set aside everything else so I can look after her."
Every day, she pushes her granddaughter in a home-made wheelchair to and from school, carrying her on her back on rainy days.
In order not to disrupt the classes, Liu collects scraps outside the school to kill time and make some money by selling the scraps.
Xiang Yuexiang does her homework. [Chongqing Women's Federation/Zhang Yichuan]
During class breaks, Liu returns to carry her granddaughter to the toilet and to do exercises. "We stick together and we can't live without each other," said Liu.
With Liu's attentive care, Yuexiang can now move about on crutches. "I'm very happy to see her getting better and my great wish is to see her grow up, study and be happy," said Liu.
"Liu is very great and her love for her granddaughter has touched us deeply. Little Xiang is also very obedient," said Xiang's head teacher.
(Provided by Chongqing Women's Federation)
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