Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Story of an Everyday Hero: Chinese Woman Rescues Babies Thrown in Trash

Mail Online recently printed a story about a Chinese woman who lived in extreme poverty and would go through the rubbish in the streets to collect recycling material for money. Over the years she found 30 babies that had been discarded in the garbage on the streets, and although she was poor and struggling, she took the babies home and cared for them. Sometimes she would raise them herself or pass them onto other families to care for.
This is an amazing story I wanted to share.

The truly inspiring story of the Chinese rubbish collector who saved and raised THIRTY babies abandoned at the roadside

By Daily Mail Reporter

Lou Xiaoying has been praised in China for saving more than 30 abandoned babies over the years

A woman has been hailed a hero after details of her astonishing work with abandoned children has emerged.
Lou Xiaoying has been praised in China for saving more than 30 abandoned babies over the yearsLou Xiaoying, now 88 and suffering from kidney failure, found and raised more than 30 abandoned Chinese babies from the streets of Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province where she managed to make a living by recycling rubbish.

 She and her late husband Li Zin, who died 17 years ago, kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family to start new lives.

Her youngest son Zhang Qilin - now aged just seven - was found in a dustbin by Lou when she was 82.

'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 realised I had a real love of caring for children.


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