A Chinese woman has become a local hero thanks in part to her work finding and raising babies she has found abandoned on the streets of Jinhua, where she lives. Lou Xiaoying is an 88-year-old woman suffering from kidney failure who has found the abandoned infants and children — some of them who were left in the trash.
She has her husband, who passed away 17 years ago, kept four of the children to raise and placed the others with loving families.
The London Daily Mail today talked more about her very compelling story:
‘Even though I was already getting old I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me,’ she said.
‘I took him back to our home, which is a very small modest house in the countryside and nursed him to health. He is now a thriving little boy, who is happy and healthy.
‘My older children all help look after Zhang Qilin, he is very special to all of us. I named him after the Chinese word for rare and precious.
‘The whole thing started when I found the first baby, a little girl back in 1972 when I was out collecting rubbish. She was just lying amongst the junk on the street, abandoned. She would have died had we not rescued her and taken her in.
‘Watching her grow and become stronger gave us such happiness and I realized I had a real love of caring for children.
‘I realized if we had strength enough to collect garbage how could we not recycle something as important as human lives,’ she explained.
‘These children need love and care. They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.
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Read the full story about this brave and compassionate woman here.