A 35-year-old Malaysian woman flew thousands of kilometres to China to marry a paralysed man recently, major Chinese dailies reported.
Gan Sook Ying from Kuala Lumpur had befriended 38-year-old Li Kangyu, a native of Tangshan city in Hebei province who is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, via an Internet chat site in June 2011.
Gan said initially she was just touched by Li's story but the longer she spent time with him during her three visits to China, the more she admired and loved him.
According to Sin Chew Daily, Li's condition started to worsen when he was seven and subsequently, he became bedridden.
Li and Gan registered their marriage at the provincial civil affairs department on July 24 and it was followed by a wedding reception on Aug 8 in the presence of their family members.
They said their families initially objected to their relationship but after a visit by Gan's siblings to meet Li last year, they eventually approved it.