What would you do if a family tragedy suddenly turned your world upside down? Most of us would do whatever it takes to help out, but very few of us would be able to go as far as Jia Jia from Ningxia Province, northern China.
The difference between this story and a load of others is that Jia Jia is only six years old. The little girl has spent nearly two years looking after her dad alone after he was paralyzed in a car accident.
It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming to see her do all sorts of stuff for her dad, Tian Haicheng. Jia Jia wakes up at 6 am every morning to massage her dad’s muscles for half an hour. She then helps him out of bed, brushes his teeth, and washes his face before she heads off to school.
Upon returning, the young girl prepares her father’s dinner, feeds him, and helps him move around their home using a home-made mobility hoist that her grandfather built using parts bought from a hardware shop.
When she is at school, her elderly grandparents look after 40-year-old Tian.
“Looking after my dad, I don’t feel tired at all,” Jia Jia told Yangtzi Evening News.
Reportedly, Tian was left paralyzed from the chest down after a cab he took crashed into a ditch at high speed in March 2016.
His wife of seven years suddenly abandoned them just two and a half months later. She took their eldest son with her and was never heard of since.
“She told me on the day that she was going to stay in her mother’s home for a few days. But she never returned, and she took our son with her,” Tian said.
In spite of that, Tian is still grateful that he has his daughter by his side describing her as his ‘hands.’
When asked about whether she misses her mom, Jia Jia said: “No, because she doesn’t look after dad. But I miss my brother. I used to be very close to him. I miss him.”
After losing his ability to work, Tian has since relied on his parents’ income from farming to pay for his living and medical expenses.
In order to find more financial assistance, he has set up an account on Kuaishou, one of China’s live streaming apps, where he has more than 480,000 followers. He uses it to document his daughter’s selfless work and hopes to get help from benevolent strangers.
Hopefully, the added exposure will lead to some proper help and let Jia Jia be back to being a normal kid.