Ding Ding was born at a hospital in Hubei province, China, in 1988 with cerebral palsy.
The doctors told his parents he wasn’t worth saving, they told them to give up hope, that by keeping him they would merely drag themselves down – but his mother, Zuo Hongyan, flat out refused to let her son go.
Even Ding Ding’s father gave up on him – a decision which eventually led to him and Zuo divorcing.
Now, in a story of miraculous strength – Ding Ding has defied the barbaric odds set upon him at birth and has enrolled at Harvard Law School after earning his masters.
According to the South China Morning Post, Zuo had to take up numerous jobs to look after Ding Ding as a single mum – but her selfless love was unbounded.
Ding Ding was a slow learner but his mother spent her every waking hour, outside of work, teaching him how to read, write, and use chopsticks.
I didn’t want him to feel ashamed about his 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.
Now all of Zuo and Ding Ding’s hard work has paid off.
Good luck at Harvard!
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.