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Grandmother, 76, Walks 15 Miles A Day Pushing Her Disabled Grandson To School

Shi Yuying is a proud and dedicated grandmother.

She loves her grandson so much she walks 24 kilometres (15 miles) a day in order to take him to school.

The 76-year-old makes four return trips a day, pushing her nine-year-old disabled grandson Jiang Haowen to school.

Grandmother and grandson live in the rural Guangxi Province in southern China.

Grandmother, 76, Walks 15 Miles A Day Pushing Her Disabled Grandson To School

The determined grandmother is the boy’s sole carer.

She told a local reporter: ‘As long as I have strength, I will carry on [pushing him].’

Little Jiang sadly suffers from cerebral palsy, a brain condition that affects movement and coordination.

The little boy’s parents divorced when he was four years old.

Grandmother, 76, Walks 15 Miles A Day Pushing Her Disabled Grandson To School

 

Jiang’s father is now working in another city and sends money to support his family.

His mother is remarried.

Ms Shi and Jiang live in the Daizhuyuan Village, Huangguan Town in Guangxi Province’s Guanyang County.

The headstrong pensioner first used a bike to push Jiang. But last July the local authority provided the family with a wheelchair as poverty relief.

Grandmother, 76, Walks 15 Miles A Day Pushing Her Disabled Grandson To School

Since then the elderly villager has been using the wheel chair for the school run come rain or shine.

Ms Shi told Pear Video that Jiang was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was about two years old.

Jiang’s parents took him to see doctors in nearby cities, such as Nanjing and Liuzhou, but the treatment didn’t bring much change.

The family later ran into huge debts due to medical bills.

Meanwhile, Ms Shi takes her grandson to school four times a day: once in the morning and once in the afternoon. She also walks from home to his school to collect him twice: once at noon and once in the evening.

Grandmother, 76, Walks 15 Miles A Day Pushing Her Disabled Grandson To School

But Ms Shi said she is more than happy to take on the task. She says that even though Jiang cannot move freely he is a smart child.

The loving grandmother added that Jiang is particularly good at maths.

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Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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