When couples give their wedding vows they usually say they will love each other “in sickness and in health.” This husband made sure to honor his vows by taking care of his wife after she became paralyzed by an unknown illness 5 months after their wedding day.
Now, 56 years after the tragic incident, Du Yuanfa and Zhou Yu'ai's love remains strong. The couple lives in Sunjiayu village in Shandong Province, East China.
Zhou was 20 years old when the unexpected illness struck. She suffered from an unknown disease that left her paralyzed, making her fully dependent on her husband Du.
Since then, the loving and dedicated Du has taken care of her, spoon-feeding her, bathing her and even cleaning up her bodily waste. He also had to quit his coal mining job in order to fully take care of his ailing wife.
Despite his friends telling him to find another woman and leave his paralyzed wife, he stayed and lived up to his vow of taking care of her for the rest of his life. Du was a man of his word, and he wouldn’t let anyone, even his friends, sway his convictions.
Du occasionally does farming work to make ends meet. Their government is also supporting his finances to help him and his wife survive. Unfortunately, Zhous’s illness remains undiagnosed to this day.
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