6-year-old girl takes care of paralyzed dad after mum abandons family

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Being a parent is the toughest job in the world.

You never stop caring for your children and giving them all the essential things they need. Whether your child grows to be a wise one or decides to live on his or her own, your responsibility as a parent doesn't just stop there instantly.

But what if it's the other way around? This is the story of Jia Jia, a six-year-old girl from Ningxia Province of China.

This "little angel" touched the hearts of netizens and instantly became an online sensation for taking care of her paralyzed dad, Tian Haicheng.

Tian uses Kuaishou, a photo-sharing app in China, to document his daughter's selfless work. After the two went viral on social media, Tian's account now has more than 480,000 followers.

The 40-year-old dad had a car accident in March 2016, leaving his body paralyzed from the chest downwards. Despite this mishap, his wife for seven years abandoned them two months after the accident and brought with her their eldest son.

"Looking after my dad, I don't feel tired at all," said Jia Jia in an interview with Yangtzi Evening News.

The father-daughter routine starts at 6 am. Jia Jia loves to stay home to help attend to her father's needs. She uses a handmade harness to carry Tian out of bed and put him in his motorized wheelchair.

She will then massage her dad's muscle for about half an hour, followed by helping him brush his teeth and washing his face before going to school. While Jia Jia is in school, her paternal grandparents look after his father.

At a young age, Jia Jia also learned how to shave his father's beard. That's why her dad calls her "Daddy's hand."

Tian suffered from comminuted fracture of the cervical spine due to the accident. He already expected that he would be bedridden for the rest of his life and even attempted to end it by drinking pesticide.

But his daughter stopped him from committing suicide, "Dad, you can't die. I wouldn't have a father. My mother is gone. All I have is you."

Be it good or bad, Jia Jia's inspiring story only proves us that whatever happens, our family will never leave us behind.

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