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12/12/2017 12:23:34 PM

Dad of the year! Devoted father walks 20 miles a day carrying his son to the only school that will take him in China (4 pics)

Yu Xukang is a single father in China’s Sichuan province. He has taken care of his son alone since the boy was three. This would be impressive enough in a normal situation, but in addition to the difficulties of single parenthood, Yu’s son is disabled with a hunch in his back and twisted arms and legs.

Despite his physical disabilities, the 12-year-old’s mind is as sharp as anyone’s, and yet he couldn’t get a place in school.

Yu explains: "I know that my son is physically disabled but there is nothing wrong with his mind. However, I couldn’t find any school here with the facilities to accept him and he was constantly rejected. In fact the only place where I could get a place for him was at the Fengxi Primary School in Fengyi township in Yibin county in Sichuan province — which is a five-mile walk away."

Dad carries son to school

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With the only option five miles away and no transportation available, Yu knew what he had to do — carry his boy to school…and then walk back for work…and then walk back after school…and then carry his son home again. Every day, 20 miles.

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Dad carries son to school3

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