Many of us will gladly take care of our parents as they get older. After all, they looked after us when we needed them.
But a 48-year-old man has overcome disability to take care of his ageing mother all by himself.
Chen Xinyin from Chongqing, south west China, lost his arms after getting a massive electric shock aged seven, reported People’s Daily Online.
But the incredible man has learnt to cook, farm and now looks after his mother who is now bed-ridden.
Chen’s amazing strength of character has been captured in a series of moving photographs.
Since 2014, Chen has taken care of his mom full-time while running his family business.
Chen loves his 91-year-old mother dearly, but she has been getting weaker and weaker each year.
Then sadly a month ago, she became paralyzed and can now no longer move her arms.
But remarkably Chen, who has no hands, takes care of his mom using other parts of his body.
Chen spoon-feeds his mother using only his teeth to hold on to the instrument.
Chen has never let his disability hold him back from taking care of his responsibilities.
Since he was 14, he has been helping on the family smallholding by rearing sheep and buffalo.
Chen was 20 when his father died. All his older siblings had already left home. His mother became the only person in charge of keeping the family business going.
But Chen was determined to help her as much as he could. He began to teach himself how yo cook. But with no hands, he had to learn to use a cleaver with his foot.
The first time he tried to use the cleave he managed to lift it into the air using the toes on his right foot.
Bu it accidentally fell down on to his left foot, leaving a scar that can still be seen today.
But this did not stop Chen from wanting to help around the house.
The brave man eventually mastered cooking with his feet. He has learnt to plant wheat, peel corn cobs and even weave baskets.
Now he has taken over from his mother and is the only one who runs his smallholding of farmland.
Chen raises a flock of 24 sheep, two buffalos and four hens.
Chen has even managed to make a profit year on year.
But working with his feet has its setbacks. Chen does not wear socks because they take too long and too much effort to put on.
In the wintertime he often gets frostbites on his toes, making his life even more difficult.
Villagers have even suggested that he should give up his farmland and consider begging.
Beggars in the large cities can earn tens of thousands of Yuan (upwards of $750) per year.
This is is significantly more than what Chen makes.
But he was incredibly insulted by the suggestion and replied angrily: ‘I have no arms but I have good feet. I can’t go make that sort of money.’
Dignity is not the only reason for rejecting the idea. Chen is also worried about who will be left to take care of his mother if he leaves.
Chen is adamant about doing as many things himself as possible.
The kind-hearted man even finds the time to help his neighbours in times of need.