During weddings, couples vow to love each other in sickness and in health, until death do them part – but one husband’s vow was tested just 5 months after the wedding when his wife was suddenly struck by an unknown illness that made her paralyzed at age 20.
This is the true story of the love between Du Yuanfa and his wife Zhou Yu’ai. The two live Sunjiayu, a small village in Shandong Province, east China.
Zhou was just 20 when she contracted the mysterious illness that led to the loss of sensation in her body. She became paralyzed and completely dependent on her husband to care for her every need but the dedicated guy spoiled her rotten by doing everything for her, anything from spoon-feeding her to bathing and cleaning up after she answers the call of nature…
Du quit his job as coal miner to fully support his wife. He carried her to various clinics and hospitals but doctors couldn’t give them a proper diagnosis – and Zhou never got proper treatment for her mysterious condition but it was soon clear that she lost her reproductive capabilities.
His friends advised him to divorce his wife and find a new woman so he can start a new family, considering that he’s still young but the dedicated and loving husband said that he would take care of her forever, not matter what condition she’s in – and that he would always love her and fulfill his marriage vows!
True enough, 56 years later, he’s still caring for his paralyzed wife! He never looked for another woman and only devoted his time in caring for her. He now works as a farmer; though the government has been giving him full support so he and his wife will survive even if he doesn’t work.
Du, now 84 years old, continues to hope that Zhou will feel better; though his greatest fear right now is that if anything happens to him, no one will be there to care for his wife…