In a small village outside Chongqing, China, a legless woman is sitting on a bench. It’s a usual perch for 37-year-old Li Juhong, who claims she has worn out 30 wooden benches in her time as a village doctor.
Each day, she shuffles herself atop such a wooden bench in a way that seems almost impossible: scooting and hopping down the winding paths, reaching the crevices of the village where her most needy patients reside.
Despite having had both legs amputated when she was a small child, Juhong has become a saint in that small village. She said it was only because of the accident that resulted in her legs being amputated that she became inspired to help others, claiming that “God helps those who help themselves.”
As reported by the Shanghaiist:
She had to have her legs amputated at the age of four after a car accident, but instead of losing heart, she was ended up being inspired by the tragic incident. For the last 15 years, she has worked as a village doctor. To get around, she uses wooden benches as “legs” while visiting her patients.
After losing her legs in 1983, Li began practicing to walk with the aid of two wooden benches. After countless hours of practiceGeelong, she eventually became adept at moving around when she was eight, Tencent reports.
Because of what had happened to her, Li made up her mind to become a doctor, to help heal the sick and save lives. After she graduated from a vocational school, she started her work at a clinic in Wadian village in 2001.
Over her 15 year career as a village doctor, Li has worn out a total of 30 benches. To save some wear and tear, her husband often carries her on his back to take her to visit patients.
“Compared with most others, I’ve come against more difficulties,” Li says. “But, I always whisper to myself that ‘God helps those who help themselves’ in order to inspire me to keep moving forward.”
According to an official statistic, Li has helped her fellow villagers on around 6,000 different occasions over the past 15 years.
Li’s 12-year-old son says he is inspired by his mom, and plans to become a doctor as well when he grows up.
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