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Kudos to Zou!

Mothers are epitome of inspiration. All the mothers I see around me have been an inspiration for me. But today I want to tell you about a mother whose story not only inspires me, but it inspires millions of mothers. Zou-Hongyan is the mother not only we humans are proud of, but also God who made her must be boasting about her. This lady hails from China, she brought up her son against all odds.

When her son Ding was born he almost died due to birth complications in 1988. Though the little boy survived (no wonder – his DNAs must be made of steel ), but he was left with cerebral palsy. The doctors in Hubein Province suggested her to give the child up for adoption as it would not just be challenging to raise him but also worthless as he would have lifelong disability or would be less intelligent than his peers. I can’t imagine how shocked a mother would have been to hear it from her doctor. But then what she heard from her husband would have totally broken her heart. Husband concurred with the doctor and opined that the child would be “a burden for the family”. But Zou decided to save the boy, divorced her husband and started on her mission to raise the child to best of her ability.

She worked multiple jobs, and paid for her son’s treatment and education. She started working full time at a college in Wuhan and worked part time as a protocol trainer and also as an insurance salesperson. She took Ding to all the rehabilitation sessions and learnt therapeutic massage so she can work on her son’s muscles. She continued playing brain-stimulating games and puzzles to improve his intelligence. She helped him, supported, encouraged, motivated him to overcome his disabilities. In her words “I didn’t want him to feel ashamed about his physical problems. Because he has inferior abilities in many areas, I was quite strict on him to work hard to catch up where he had difficulties” Her persistent hard work paid off.

Ding is now 29, he has overcome many challenges and went on to excel in his academic studies as well.  Ding graduated from Peking University’s Environmental Science and Enginerring School. And  he enrolled for a masters degree at the University’s International Law School. Ding got a job and worked for 2 years to help his mother. But the story doesn’t end here. He applied at Harvard and he was accepted. Not just that he got a scholarship of 75% at Harvard too. This story is so inspirational- it truly an example of a mother’s relentless efforts, her determination. Kudos to Zou!

“Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite the struggles” – Sharon Jaynes

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