When most of us think of a 6-year-old, we think of a child that still needs a lot of care and supervision from their parents; but one amazing 6-year-old named Jai Jai from the Ningxia Province of China is flipping that idea on its head! She’s the one taking care of her father!
Two years ago, Jai Jai’s father, Tian Haicheng, was left paralyzed from the chest down after he was injured in a taxi cab accident. Instead of taking care of him, Tian’s wife of seven years abandoned him, taking their son with her.
“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.
Abandoned and unable to care for himself, Tian didn’t know what to do. That’s when Jai Jai stepped up.
The sweet young girl wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning to massage her father’s muscles for half an hour. Then she washes his face and brushes his teeth before heading off to school. She’s even learned how to shave him!
“At the beginning, I didn’t know how to shave and I cut dad’s face and it bled. But dad said it wasn’t painful,” she said. “Now, I’m very good at shaving his beard. My grandmother says I shave it very clean.”
While Jai Jai is at school, her elderly great-grandparents, who are farmers, watcher over Tian. But once she’s back home, she jumps back into caretaker mode, making him dinner and helping him get around the house.
Jai Jai’s grandfather built a mobility hoist to help move Tian from his bed to his wheelchair and back. It takes all of Jai Jai’s strength to work it, but she had learned how to use her body weight to gently lift her father up and place him in his chair.
While this may all sound like way too much for a 6-year-old to have to deal with, Jai Jai remains positive through it all.
“Looking after my dad, I don’t feel tired at all,” she said.
She says she doesn’t miss her mom, because she abandoned her dad, but she does miss her brother, whom she was really close to.
It can be hard for Tian, knowing how much his daughter is doing for him, but he is incredibly grateful for the love and care she shows him.
“She is my hands,” he said.
Because he is no longer able to work, Tian relies on his family’s farming to survive. He and Jai Jai also raise money through a live-streaming app where they demonstrate how she cares for him.
If you would like to see this sweet angel in action, click on the video below!
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