(Xinhua) Six-year-old Tian Jia has looked after her father for nearly two years, after he was left paralyzed in a car accident.|
Six-year-old Tian Jia helps her father get out of bed and into his wheelchair. [File Photo: Xinhua]
She gets up every day at 6 a.m. to help her father get out of bed and into his wheelchair. She then washes his face and helps him eat, before going to school.
After Tian Haicheng from Gaotai Village, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, became paralyzed from the chest down in the car accident in 2016, his wife left with their elder son. His little daughter has since become Tian Haicheng's "little Miss sunshine."
"If it were not FOR her, I would have died already," said Tian Haicheng, adding that when the accident happened he was 37 and his daughter only 3.
"My parents are farmers and my kid is too young, I do not want to become a burden for them so I actually wanted to end my life," Tian Haicheng said. "One day I was left along with Tian Jia in the courtyard, and I asked her to move the wheelchair a little so that I could fall down on the ground, but she supported me using her tiny little arms and shouted 'dad you can't die.' I then cried like crazy and determined that I have to live on."
Every day, Tian Jia uses a home-made hoist to lift her father out of bed onto the wheelchair, and because of her tiny figure she has to go up and down the bed and wheelchair several times to adjust the direction. But she says she never tires.
After she settles her father in, Tian Jia puts his coat on, washes his face and sometimes helps him shave.
"Before I was paralyzed, she was the treasure of the family, always asking me to hold her on our way to buy candies," said Tian Haicheng. "I feel she has grown up suddenly, she now never asks for anything from me and instead brings me things for me from school, including the boiled egg they have for breakfast."