Xu Yuehua: Legless “Stool Mama” Raises 130 Children

The 55-year-old Xu Yuehua, who lost her legs in a train accident at the age of 13, has spent 37 years raising the children in the social welfare institute. She has brought up more than 130 children. She moves without legs but a stool; she spends her days on a pair of small stools, so the children love to call her “Stool Mama”. The Stool Mama feels happy to take care of these children and never feels regrettable for doing this.

 

Xu Yuehua, orphaned at an early age, devotes herself to raise the children at Xiangtan Social Welfare House, Xiangtan where she shelters. It is also the place helped her through difficulties. The following images were taken at Xiangtan Social Welfare Institute, Central China’s Human Province on September 15, 2010.

 

Xu Yuehua is trying to pacify a baby to sleep at Xiangtan Social Welfare Institute.

 

Xua Yuehua is feeding an infant at Xiangtan Social Welfare Institute.

 

She has to use a stool as a device to move in a short distance.

 

Xu Yuehua is feeding a child at Xiangtan Social Welfare Institute.

 

Xu Yuehua is talking with She Shengli who was the first child raised by her.

 

Yuehua is playing with the children at Xiangtan Social Welfare Institute.

 

Xu Yuehua always keeps her house clean.

 

Xu Yuehua is preparing a dinner at home in Xiangtan.

 

She needs help when traveling for a long distance.

 

Her husband has to take her to the Xiangtan Social Welfare House, Xiangtan, Central China’s Hunan province.

 

She can hide her happiness when looking at the pictures of her son.

 

Nothing can stop Xu Yuehua from extending her love to other orphans.

 

The legless woman spends her days on a pair of small stools.

 

Xu Yuehua was orphaned at an early age

 

She lost her legs in a train accident at the age of 13.

 

 

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