A man in Taiwan has gained extensive media coverage after he was spotted carrying his mom in a way she probably would’ve carried him when he was young.
Someone snapped a photo of Ting Tsu-chi, in his 60s, at Chi Mei Medical Center in Tainan, in the south of Taiwan, carrying his mother at a hospital in 2012. He had wrapped her in a large piece of cloth, the ends of which were tied around his neck. The photo went viral soon after, the Taipei Times reported.
Ting was a retired investigator with the Ministry of Justice in the Tainan branch. According to his former colleagues, the photo of Ting carrying his mother was not a surprise to them, as he had always exhibited filial devotion to his mother. In order to take care of his mom, he once even passed on a promotion that required him to relocate to Taipei, in the north of Taiwan.
After the photo was circulated widely on the Internet, he said that he is not as filial as what people think. “I am not as filial and honorable as described in the news reports, and I’m sorry for taking up so much media coverage over the past few days,” he said.
Ting has filed for early retirement in 2007 to take care of his mother, who suffers from a heart disease and high blood pressure, and requires 24-hour care. Ting’s father passed away in 2007.
He also explained why he carried his mom in a cloth. As his mom has fractured her leg, he was worried she would be uncomfortable to sit in a wheelchair. “It wasn’t too strenuous to carry my mother for a few minutes, so I did,” he said.
“It was the first time I carried my mother using a piece of cloth, and it was also the last time. In the future, I will call for an ambulance to take her to the hospital and borrow a hospital bed for her,” he added.
Such humility and devotion is rarely to be seen these days!