A man who lost his arms at the age of seven has refused to stop caring for his elderly mother – despite also running a small farm.
Chen Xingyin on his farm Photo: Rex
Chen Xinyin, from a poor village in Chongqing, south-west China, won the admiration of others after images of him feeding his mother went viral in China.
Mr Chen feeds his 91-year-old mother meals by using an instrument held between his teeth after she became paralysed in July, leaving him responsible for her care.
Chen Xingyin holds a bowl between his jaw and shoulder Photo: Rex
The 48-year-old who runs his family’s smallholding in Tongxin Village, Fengdu County, lost his arms after receiving an electric shock, the People’s Daily Online reported.
Chen Xingyin holds a spoon in the mouth to fill a bowl with rice Photo: Rex
Mr Chen’s father died 28 years ago.
His older siblings subsequently left the village to marry and build homes elsewhere, while he and his mother were left behind, highlighting China’s so-called “empty nest” problem, where rural workers move to the cities leaving behind their elderly and vulnerable parents.
Chen Xingyin carries a basket of corn on his back Photo: Rex
Mr Chen eventually learned how to cook, plant wheat, peel corn and even weave baskets with his feet. Now, he looks after the family plot, in addition to a flock of 24 sheep, two buffaloes and four hens.
Using his feet all year round has taken its toll and the farmer suffers severely from frostbite in the winter.
In China, people with disabilities such as Mr Chen’s often turn to begging as a source of income finding other avenues of employment closed to them. However, Mr Chen has chosen not to take charity.
“I have no arms but I have good feet,” reported local news agencies.
Chen Xingyin uses his feet to light the fire at his home Photo: Rex
Chen Xingyin is the type of human being that needs to be celebrated. Inspirational. A true hero.
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Incredible. And there we are in the West, grumbling about the slightest ache and pain, or inconvenience.
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Something up lifting …. much needed for today!!
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Incredible. Too bad he can’t get prosthetic arms to make his life a bit easier. Still, he seems to be managing quite well.
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This is a perfect example of someone not giving up. When we think we are having a bad day, think again…
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Thinking about complaining about something? Read this first.
I feel so humbled by this post~