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Chinese Mom Refused To Give Up Her Disabled Son, Now He’s A Harvard Law Student

Kudos to this devoted mother!

A mother’s love can really do wonders and that has once again been illustrated by the heartwarming story below. If you are a parent of a child with disability, you will probably find strength and inspiration from this.

Zou Hongyan gave birth to her only son in central China back in 1988. However, she was heartbroken when Ding Ding, her baby, “nearly suffocated during a birth complication,” according to a feature by SCMP, and it eventually left him with cerebral palsy.

Doctors in Hubei province suggested that Zou Hongyan give up the baby instead.

Source: via SCMP

Their reason? It would be impossible to save him anyway and he’d either grew up as disabled or with low intelligence.

Unfortunately, even the child’s father had the same mindset as the doctors, believing that the boy would only be a burden to the.

Zou determined to keep the child and nurture him.

Source: via SCMP

Eventually, the couple divorced and Zou was left alone to raise Ding.

Zou took up several jobs – including a full-time position at a Wuhan college, along with part time jobs as a protocol trainer and insurance agent – so she can earn a living and afford treatment for her son.

Zou did everything she can to help her son overcome numerous obstacles along the way.

Source: via SCMP

The devoted mother often took her son to rehabilitation sessions, even during instances when weather was bad. She also learned massage basics to help his stiff muscles. Moreover, she took the time to play puzzles and intelligence boosting games with Ding.

Additionally, Ding struggled to use chopsticks and many relatives encouraged Zou not to let him use it. Instead, she patiently trained him. That way, she said, she wouldn’t have to explain with others why he doesn’t use chopsticks.

In her own words, Zou shared:

“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.”

The sacrifice was all worth it!

Source: via SCMP

Thanks to his mother’s dedication and hard work, Ding later graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Peking University’s Environmental Science and Engineering School in 2011. More recently, he is now a Harvard Law student.

Now netizens are all praises for the loving mother who never gave up on her child.

Our hats are off to this amazing mother. You are one of a kind!


  1. Raejie Juance

    May 19, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Good read Shiela

  2. Philip Bueno

    May 19, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Thats the power of love and faith to god

  3. Mark Übermensch Alcantara

    May 19, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Truly inspiring.

  4. Vernessa Loo

    May 19, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    The love for your child is the greatest

  5. Ryna Gomez Aldeon

    May 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM

    You’re not a good mother but the best!👍

  6. Gerald Evan

    May 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Amazimg mother

  7. Adrian Low Choon Hock

    May 19, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Mother’s love are truely amazing

  8. Maerien D Kim

    May 19, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Mother’s love is the best medicine

  9. Eliza Den Devilleres

    May 19, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Christian Congson Pasion

  10. Rafael S Diaz Jr

    May 19, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Truly a model of a loving mother. Belated Happy Mothers Day.

  11. Belle Anagra

    May 19, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Ri Gus Santos

  12. Emmy Killion

    March 5, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    What a loving mother. God bless her and the son.

  13. Ceferina Thompson

    May 19, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Wow !!!

  14. Cristina Diggins

    May 19, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Amazing story!

  15. Choo Nezha

    May 19, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    How can a mother abandoned her child but all the same through her care and hard work it finally paid off , congratulations

  16. Ed Yumul

    March 5, 2018 at 4:03 PM


  17. Rhonagustilo Buen

    March 5, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    I salute you maa m…

  18. Ram Magsaysay Bautista

    March 5, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Ana Li Bautista 🙂

  19. Agnes Balarbar

    March 5, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    The best mother in the world

  20. Ńyliä Šaľv

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    You are truly the best mother👍 I salute you!

  21. Charry Baguisi Villanueva

    March 5, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Salute to you mother, truly admiring!😍

  22. Mark Übermensch Alcantara

    March 30, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Truly inspiring.

  23. Adrian Low Choon Hock

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Mother’s love are truely amazing

  24. Yandi Masina

    March 22, 2018 at 11:51 AM


  25. Maerien D Kim

    March 5, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Mother’s love is the best medicine

  26. Dhada Monceller

    May 19, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    I salute you..

  27. Charry Baguisi Villanueva

    May 19, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Salute to you mother, truly admiring!😍

  28. Mc Selena

    May 19, 2017 at 2:09 PM


  29. Lynn Ib

    May 19, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Maiya Bakhtiar Haykal Bakhtiar Adam Hafiz

  30. Lenlen Magnaye Magboo

    May 19, 2017 at 1:44 PM


  31. Chia Hak Thye

    May 19, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Indeed she is the greatest mother!

  32. Ann Fran

    March 8, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Congrats to u both

  33. Reindear Sib Tab

    May 19, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Chel Esguerra read mo tol… katuwa

  34. Rhonagustilo Buen

    May 19, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    I salute you maa m…

  35. Pradeep Bisht

    May 19, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Salute to this mother plus respect

  36. Gene Geronimo

    May 19, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Great mother!

  37. Fides GBautista

    May 19, 2017 at 1:04 PM


  38. Tito Pop

    May 19, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Awesome mother! 👏👏👏👏

  39. Yul Shui

    May 19, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Mothers love is eternal

  40. Alvarez Belejoy

    May 19, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Nothing compared to the endless Love of the MOTHER,the greatest and wonderful woman of the family,salutes to this woman !

  41. Gracey Martin

    May 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Salie Cabuang and Peejay Gonzales

  42. Ram Magsaysay Bautista

    May 19, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Ana Li Bautista 🙂

  43. Edith Ogas Buayan

    May 19, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    A loving mother will do anything in her power to nurture her child whatever the cost.Bless this mom.

  44. Agnes Balarbar

    May 19, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    The best mother in the world

  45. Rose Jabat

    May 19, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Big lost to his idiot dad & SALUTE and love this lady she had proven to all of us nothing is impossible to achieve when there are love and hard work.

  46. Jeassel Chua Martinez

    May 19, 2017 at 12:07 PM


  47. Ńyliä Šaľvaļeoň

    May 19, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    You are truly the best mother👍 I salute you!

  48. Lourdes Arellano Alcantara

    May 19, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    salute to you mom

  49. Joseph Quezon

    May 19, 2017 at 12:42 PM


  50. Cristina Diggins

    March 5, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Amazing story!


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