According to Xinhua News Agency and South China Morning Post, Zuo, then 25, had a difficult pregnancy. Baby was nearly suffocated during a birth complication, leaving him with cerebral palsy. Doctors in Hubei province suggested to his mother Zou Hongyan that she give up the baby, saying it was worthless trying to rescue him as he would grow up either disabled or with low intelligence.
Boy’s father agreed with the doctors and told Zou that the boy would be a burden for the family for his entire life. But Zou insisted on saving the boy and soon they were divorced.
To support him, she was forced to take up several jobs, including one full-time teaching gig and several part-time jobs.
But despite an incredibly busy work schedule, the dedicated mother found time to teach Take care of her disabled son. In her spare time, she regularly took Ding to rehabilitation sessions, regardless of the weather. She learnt how to massage his stiff muscles, a symptom of his condition.
As he got older, his disabilities became more apparent. He couldn’t stand until he was two, walk until he was three, or jump until he was six. He learned and developed at a slower pace.She helped her son learn to catch up to kids his age, teaching him to use chopsticks and a pen and helping him with schoolwork
‘I didn’t want him to feel ashamed about this 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,’ she said.
In 2011, Ding Ding graduated from Peking University School of Environmental Science and Engineering, after which he earned a Master’s from Peking University International Law School.After working for two years, Ding started further studies at the US Ivy League Harvard University last year.
‘It was my mother who never stopped encouraging me to give it a try. Whenever I had any doubts, she would guide me forward.’ South China Morning Reports.