Every couple promises on their wedding day to love each other forever, in sickness and in health. But for this couple in China, sickness came relatively quickly.
Du Yuanfa married Zhou Yu’ai 56 years ago. The young wife was struck by a mysterious disease at the age of 20 and became completely paralyzed. At the time, Du was working in a coal mine in the nearby city and found out about the tragic event only after he had received a letter from his family informing him that Zhou was sick and bed-bound.
Du immediately took a long leave from work and returned home. Due to the illness, Zhou lost all sensation in her body. She could not even turn or hold objects in her hands. No doctor could figure out what was wrong with the young woman. And then, to make matters worse, the young couple found out that Zhou lost the ability to reproduce.
A lot of Du’s friends suggested that he annul his marriage and start a new life, but the loving man refused. He told his wife, “Don’t worry. I will care for you forever,” and kept his word.
Du quit his job and devoted all his time to caring for his wife. The loving husband, who also works as a farmer, spoon-feeds his wife, changes her bedpans, prepares traditional Chinese medicines, and takes her to different doctors.
Du’s dedication couldn’t go unnoticed by his neighbors who often come to visit the old couple and bring them life necessities, groceries, and medicines. Moreover, Du and Zhou also receive help from the local authorities.
Du has never given up. For nearly six decades he has been taking care of his beloved wife. Every day, the man cleans, feeds, and massages his wife and still hopes to find treatment for her disease. Perhaps this is what true love looks like.