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Mom Refuses To Give Up Her Disabled Baby With “Low Intelligence,” Nurtures Him All The Way To Harvard
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Mom Refuses To Give Up Her Disabled Baby With “Low Intelligence,” Nurtures Him All The Way To Harvard

When Zou Hongyan welcomed her only son to the world in 1988, terrible birth complications left him disabled for life with cerebral palsy. Doctors in her native Hubei province encouraged her to give him up, a view that even her own husband shared, as they believed the boy would lead a miserable, worthless life. Zou, however, rejected their claims, divorced her child’s father, and made it her life mission to treat and support her baby boy when no one else would.

Zou worked at least 3 jobs simultaneously to support her small family, including protocol training and insurance sales, and played brain-boosting games with her son to stimulate his senses and build the foundations of his intelligence. She even taught him how to use chopsticks when his stiff hands could barely grip them. “I didn’t want him to feel ashamed about these physical problems,” she told the South China Morning Post. “Because he had inferior abilities in many areas, I was quite strict on him to work hard to catch up where he had difficulties.”

29 years later, that same boy – Ding Ding – is a Peking University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and engineering. As of recently, he’s also a Harvard Law student. We can only imagine how proud this hard-working mom is of her son’s incredible progress, and how grateful Ding Ding must be to his greatest supporter. (h/t)

Zou Hongyan welcomed her son in 1988, but birth complications left him disabled with cerebral palsy

The doctors advised giving up the baby and claimed that he would never be intelligent, but Zou did not listen

Moreover, her husband disowned the boy, so she decided to divorce him and raise their son, Ding Ding, all by herself

Zou worked at least 3 jobs to support and get treatment for her son, and her hard work has paid off – she’s now the proud mom of a 29-year-old Harvard student

A mother’s love truly knows no bounds!

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coffee zombie
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5 years ago

This is such a strong story to read. She raised her kid to be someone of value and it must have have been hard doing it with everyone not sharing the same views as her. Good thing she didn't listen to the nay sayers.

Angel Madrid
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5 years ago

A GODLY MOTHER'S DAY FOR YOUR FAITHFUL SACRIFICES. I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE YOUR STORY TO THE CHANNEL 2, MAALA-ALA MO KAYA

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tweetybird
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5 years ago

what a wonderful mother... most people would get rid of their child, which is really sad

person (i think)
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5 years ago

I don't think that's true... if it were, literally more than half of children with palsey or handicapped children in general would be in orphanages/foster care (which is not the case). (This does not diminish her being a wonderful mother)

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Nancy E
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5 years ago

This story should have been the lead on all the Mother's Day stories out there. With love , perseverance, &, sacrifice, this is one remarkable mother !

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coffee zombie
Community Member
5 years ago

This is such a strong story to read. She raised her kid to be someone of value and it must have have been hard doing it with everyone not sharing the same views as her. Good thing she didn't listen to the nay sayers.

Angel Madrid
Community Member
5 years ago

A GODLY MOTHER'S DAY FOR YOUR FAITHFUL SACRIFICES. I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE YOUR STORY TO THE CHANNEL 2, MAALA-ALA MO KAYA

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tweetybird
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5 years ago

what a wonderful mother... most people would get rid of their child, which is really sad

person (i think)
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't think that's true... if it were, literally more than half of children with palsey or handicapped children in general would be in orphanages/foster care (which is not the case). (This does not diminish her being a wonderful mother)

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Nancy E
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5 years ago

This story should have been the lead on all the Mother's Day stories out there. With love , perseverance, &, sacrifice, this is one remarkable mother !

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