Devoted Grandmother Walks 15 Miles To Take Grandson To School

A loving grandmother will stop at nothing to do whatever she can for her grandson. She realizes that a good education is the young boy's best chance in life, given that he's stricken with a physical disability.

Because of this, she walks him back and forth to his school four times per day, a total of 15 miles. She's been doing it for four years, and says she's going to continue to do it for as long as she can.

Jiang Haowen, a 9-year-old from China, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) at the age of two. CP is a neurological disorder that results in permanent movement disabilities due to weak or stiff muscles and tremors.  

Its caused from abnormalities in the brain that affect parts the control of movement, maintain posture and balance.

People with cerebral palsy, as long as they're cared for, can live long and happy lives. They may suffer from physical limits, however, and Jiang's condition inhibits him from walking.

Unfortunately for the little boy, his mother left, unable or unwilling to care for him, when he was just a few years old. Thankfully, though, he has his grandmother.

Shi Yuying, a 76-year-old woman, would do anything for her grandson, and she proves it by walking 15 miles per day for him.

Shi's son, Jiang's father, took a job far away and sends money home in order to support the family. His son's medical treatments are expensive. In the meantime, Shi is in charge of Jiang's daily care.

Every school day, for the last four years, the elderly woman pushes her grandson in a wheelchair uphill to his school. After the trip to school, a little under two miles away, she walks home to do chores.

She then returns to pick him up and bring him home for lunch and brings him back to school.

Shi then goes home, only to return later in the evening to pick up Jiang and push him home again. By the end of the day, she's walked back and forth a total of fifteen miles.

In addition to this, Shi has a daily care routine for Jiang. She prepares herbal medicines for him, helps him practice walking with support, and massages his limbs every day.  

Shi doesn't complain at all. When asked by a local newspaper how long she plans to keep pushing Jiang to school, she responded, "As long as I can push the child, we must persevere."

Jiang has made great progress under his grandmother's care. While he will probably never have full function of his limbs, he can now stand upright and even walk a short distance, with support. But it's his developing mind in which hope lies; the young man is smart and good at math.

Thanks to Jiang's grandmother, he'll have the education he needs to secure a bright future for himself.

At first, the grandmother didn't even have a proper wheelchair for transporting the boy, but thanks to a local government charity program, she was able to secure one. But She would probably be willing to carry Jiang piggy-back if she could, rather than allow him to miss school.

She feels nothing else matters as long as her grandson is making progress and doing well in school.

Source: Oddity Central
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