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Chinese mother who refused to give up disabled son nurtures him to Harvard [Copy link] 中文

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(Daily Mail) A young Chinese man has defied the odds — and doctors — by earning his Master's and now enrolling at Harvard Law School. And it's all thanks to his very dedicated mother.

Ding Ding, 29, was born with cerebral palsy at a hospital in Hubei province in China in 1988. Doctors told his parents that he wasn't worth saving and suggested that his parents give him up, which Ding Ding's father was ready to agree to.

But his mother, Zuo Hongyan, refused. Even when her husband divorced her, she persevered, raising Ding Ding and pushing him to meet his potential, which eventually led the young man to Harvard.

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According to Xinhua News Agency and South China Morning Post, Zuo, then 25, had a difficult pregnancy, and Ding Ding suffered from intrauterine asphyxia.

When he was born, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and a team of doctors and experts warned Zuo and her husband of the kind of life they faced if they kept the baby.

Though Zuo's husband was ready to follow the doctors' advice and this troubling trend, Zuo refused. She told Xinhua News Agency that the baby kicked in her belly and she was determined to raise it.

Her husband called her stubborn, but Zuo was aghast at how selfishly he was behaving. They soon divorced, and Zuo began to raise Ding Ding on her own, as a single mother.

To support him, she was forced to take up several jobs, including one full-time teaching gig and several part-time jobs.

But despite an incredibly busy work schedule, the dedicated mother found time to teach Ding Ding and help him catch up to the other kids his age.

As he got older, his disabilities became more apparent. He couldn't stand until he was two, walk until he was three, or jump until he was six. He learned and developed at a slower pace.

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So Zuo doubled down, adamant that her son would overcome his disabilities as best he could. She paid for rehabilitation treatment, and even learned massage therapy so she could take care of his stiff muscles, a symptom of his disorder.

She pushed him to master using chopsticks, which was difficult for him, because she did not want him to have to explain his problems every time he went out to eat as an adult.

She painstakingly taught him to hold and write with a pen, and urged him to study hard.

'I didn't want him to feel ashamed about this physical problems. Because he had inferior abilities in many areas, I was quite strict on him to work hard to catch up where he had difficulties,' she said.


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Zuo, who seemed to take Amy Chua's idea of the 'tiger mother' to new levels, certainly saw her work pay off.


In 2011, Ding Ding graduated from Peking University School of Environmental Science and Engineering, after which he earned a Master's from Peking University International Law School.


He spend two years working, and last year was admitted to Harvard Law School in Massachusetts.


'I never dared to dream of applying to Harvard,' he said. 'It was my mother who never stopped encouraging me to give it a try. Whenever I had any doubts, she would guide me forward.'

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Post time 2017-5-19 00:12:59 |Display all floors
A wonderful story and once again shows a mother's dedication and love! Bravo!

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Post time 2017-5-19 08:11:52 |Display all floors
A wonderful story.Anything could happen if you don't give up on hope.
I forgot how to forget.

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Post time 2017-5-19 10:36:38 |Display all floors
a great mother.beginning from your determined choice,never giving up and dedicating youself on your disabled son.the love of mother .......

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