“We will be here for you,” said Han Huimin to his paralyzed ex girlfriend, Wu Yueying. “We will take care of you as long as we are alive.” Han’s wife, Xu Minfang, also standing by Wu’s sick bed, nodded reassuringly at Wu.
This is the 34th year since Wu was paralyzed after a traffic accident back in 1974. At that time, Wu was Han’s first girlfriend. Han attended to her since then, and refused to consider another girlfriend. He was determined to take care of Wu all his life, even at the cost of his own marriage.
Three years later Han finally agreed to find a girlfriend, only at the earnest pleads of Wu’s parents. But Han made it clear that his future wife must promise to help him take care of Wu. Soon he met Xu Minfang, who, deeply moved by his dedication, later became his wife in 1980 and shared his responsibilities for Wu.
On November 8, Han, now 55, went to the drugstore for Wu’s medicine while his wife chatted with Wu at her bedside. For the past 34 years, the couple has worked together like this to take care of Wu.
Xu has been a very attentive nurse to Wu. She carefully keeps Wu warm because coughs and having mucous may become dangerous for paralyzed patients.
The couple also prepared two sets of televisions in Wu’s bedroom so that she is able to watch TV whichever side she turns her head. Han also had Wu’s bed specially made for her convenience. Their meticulous care has been the only reason Wu survived all those years.
The past 34 have tied Han and Wu’s families closely together. Now they are like one family, and are always there for each other.