He never misses a day and would walk 18 miles every day just to make sure his disabled son gets to school on time.
A parent would do anything for their child even it means they have to sacrifice a lot of things including their own lives. Chinese father took his devotion to another step as he would carry his disabled son 18 miles to school every day.
40-year-old Yu Xukang from Fengyi Township in Yibin County in southwest China’s Sichuan province refused to give up on his son Xiao Qiang now aged 12, despite the fact that both his arms and legs are twisted and his back is hunched.
Xiao wanted to learn, and as a father, Yu knew he was his son’s only hope. The way to Xiao’s school isn’t as easy as simply crossing roads. They had to travel for miles, while Yu would carry Xiao on a basket that he carried on his back.
He said: ‘I know that my son is physically disabled but there is nothing wrong with his mind. However, I couldn’t find any school here with the facilities to accept him and was constantly rejected. In fact, the only place where I could get a place for him was at the Fengxi Primary School in Fengyi Township in Yibin County in Sichuan province – which is a five-mile walk away.’
According to Yu, his wife left them when Xiao was just 3 years old. However, Yu said he was determined that the boy would not suffer from being raised by a single parent and he wanted to give him the best opportunity.
He said: ‘I have carried him there and back now since last September, every morning I get up at 5am to prepare a lunch for him to eat and then I walk the four-and-a-half miles to the school, and then come back here so I can work to earn money. I then walk back to the school to pick up my son and bring him home.’
He said that he estimates he has walked around 1,600 miles up and down hills backward and forwards since he started counting: ‘My son with his disabilities is not in a position to walk on his own and it also means that he can’t ride a bike. Despite being 12 he’s just 90 cm tall. But I am proud of the fact that he is already top of his class and I know he will achieve great things. My dream is that he will go to college.’
Fortunately, when their story was known to the world through local media, the local government announced that they would rent a room to the dad in the near future. In addition to that, the school will be adapted so that it can also take boarding students, including Xiao, to help reduce the workload of the father.