To assist pay for her ill stepmother’s hospital bills, a 12-year-old boy gathers recyclable rubbish. ‘She is my mother!’ he exclaims.

Nanyang, Henan, China, July 26th. The day was scorching hot, with temperatures reaching 43.5 degrees Celsius. Many others couldn’t stand the heat and preferred to stay inside, but a skinny boy carrying a large backpack made his way toward the bridge. The youngster intended to rummage through the garbage by the bridge. He came up an empty bottle on his way to the bridge. He grabbed it up and stuffed it inside his backpack without hesitation.

It was the school holidays now and why is the boy toiling to earn some money?

The reason was he wanted to pay for his stepmother’s medical bills!

Wangzhen, a 12-year-old child, was abandoned by his mother when he was two years old. Wangman, his father, was working on a construction site when his right hand was inadvertently severed. He is now working part-time, and his compensation is barely enough to keep their family afloat.

Wangzhen’s grandma died nine years ago, leaving behind a large debt that forced him to rely solely on his grandfather.

Later in life, he met his stepmother, Liang Yingchun, and the three of them lived happily together for a while.

Unfortunately, their happiness did not last long…

Liang Yingchun suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was admitted to the hospital for treatment. Although Liang Yingchun is his stepmother, Wangzhen would visit her at the hospital every day. He would feed her and when it gets too hot, he would wipe the sweat off and take care of his stepmother in every possible way he could.

In October, Wangzhen was involved in a car accident on the roadside in front of his house. It was a very bad accident that nearly claimed his life. He nearly lost his right leg.

Until now, the scars are still visible on his right thigh and ankle

“With half a day’s work of collecting recycling materials, I could earn around 2.50 Yuan. Aunty Liang(stepmother) treated me and my grandfather well. This time, the doctors said if her sickness was not treated, she would die. I could not bear to let her die so I am going to earn enough money to treat her!” Wangzhen said.

Wangzhen would give a broad smile whenever he talks about his stepmother

The child’s filial piety touched everyone’s heart but the reality is treatments for lymphoblastic leukemia will require a lot of money. The medical expenses could reach 1 million Yuan. The reporters were reluctant to tell him the truth of this matter as it would be too much for young Wangzhen.

It is heartbreaking to see such an obedient child to face such a cold, cruel reality! We hope that miracles do happen and for good-hearted people to help this poor family to go through their difficulties.

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To assist pay for her ill stepmother’s hospital bills, a 12-year-old boy gathers recyclable rubbish. ‘She is my mother!’ he exclaims.
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