When we’re kids, what we always want to play with our friends, playing our favorite toys or games. The younger years of a kid should be a stage of discovering, learning new things, and knowing their self. But for this particular girl, she was robbed with her childhood, instead plays a role of a young little nurse.
Unlike other kids of her age, Jia Jia from Ningxia Province, northern China has a different story to tell about her childhood. This 6-year-old girl has spent nearly two years looking after her dad alone after he was paralyzed in a car accident.
Though it seems she’s happily doing this, we could say that this is also hard for her. This young little nurse does all sorts of stuff for her dad, Tian Haicheng.
At 6 am, Jia Jia wakes up to massage her dad’s muscles for half an hour. Aside from that, she helps out her dad out to bed, brushes his teeth, and washes his face before she heads off to school.
After school, this 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 grandfather looks after her 40-year-old dad.
Jia Jia told Yangtzi Evening News, “Looking after my dad, I don’t feel tired at all.”
Tian was paralyzed from the chest down after involving a car accident in March 2016. After two and a half months, his wife left him and Jia Jia, taking their eldest son.
“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.
Tian was so grateful because despite of everything that had happened, his daughter stayed by his side, describing her as his ‘hands.’
When this young little nurse 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.”
Because of his condition, he was not able to work and now relied on his parents’ income from farming to pay for his living and medical expenses. To find more financial assistance, Tian 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.
Watch the video of this young little nurse below: