Mother Cares For Daughter with Cerebral Palsy for 39 Years

May 6, 2014
Editor: Sophia Zhu
Liu Xin, from Qitamu Township, Jiutai City in northeast China's Jilin Province, stays in her house all day. Because she suffers from cerebral palsy, sitting and talking are luxuries for her. Luckily, her parents do whatever they can to support her.[Xinhua]

Liu Xin, from Qitamu Township, Jiutai City in northeast China's Jilin Province, stays in her house all day. Because she suffers from cerebral palsy, sitting and talking are luxuries for her. Luckily, her parents do whatever they can to support her.

"Every day I work in the fields. Her mother has worked the hardest all these years. Thanks to her, she takes care of our daughter," Liu's father said.

In 1975, the couple's second daughter was born. They wanted their child to flourish like a flower, so they named her Liu Xin. In Chinese 'xin' means flourishing.

They found their daughter had cerebral palsy when she was 6.

"Crying (over it) is useless. The child came to us, and we have to take care of her," Liu's mother said.

Liu Xin lays on the bed. Sometimes she smiles. "She is happy that people come to see her," her mother said, also with a smile.

Liu Xin can not talk, so laughing or crying are the only ways she has to express herself. She has short hair and is very clean.

"Her mother changes her clothes frequently," her father said.

Liu cannot eat or go to the toilet without her mother's help. For 39 years, her mother did everything for her. Her mother is now 69 years old, but whenever it comes to helping her daughter, she acts as if she is a young person.

"She is very strong when she holds our daughter," said the father.

To keep her daughter company, Liu's mother rarely leaves home. "Last year, we went to our relatives' place in town, which was the first time she had left the village," the father said.

The couple has three daughters; their eldest has her own troubles, the youngest daughter has left home.

Many people have asked them to send Liu Xin to a nursing home but they always say no, being afraid someone else would not take care of her as well as they did.

"As long as we are alive, we will take care of her," the mother says firmly.

(Source: Xinhua/Translated by Women of China)

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