This 11-year-old girl from Harbin, Heilongjiang, China was born blind but that does not stop her from going to school on her own.
According to Xinhua News Agency, the schoolgirl has a congenital condition known as optic nerve hypoplasia, a condition in which the optic nerve is underdeveloped.
5 years ago, she entered the Harbin Special Education School. She and her mother rent a house near the school.
Every morning, with the help of her walking stick, the girl walks to her school all by herself. However, she does not know that her mother will silently follow her until she arrives safely at school.
Her mother, Yu Ling, said that she encourages her daughter to go to school by herself to help her develop confidence and be independent when she grows up.
When it is time for her daughter to go to school, she will follow her from behind, maintaining a distance from the girl so that she will not know that her mother is following her to guard her safety.
Even though Yu Ling’s main purpose of letting her daughter go to school on her own to teach her to be independent, the mother does not just watch her daughter walk by herself.
Sometimes, the loving mother gives signals to cyclists and drivers to stop when the girl has to cross the road.
It breaks her heart when the girl struggles to find her way but she stops herself from helping her. Nevertheless, she knew that it was the best she could do for her daughter.
“I know that there will come a time when she has to leave me and I hope that when the time arrives, she can be independent. She must be strong and confident. I want her to overcome anything by herself,” the mother said.
Credit: Sin Chew Daily