Lou Xiaoying, an 88-year-old Chinese woman from the Fujian Province of China was recently hospitalized for kidney failure. Also known as “Grandma Lou,” she made a living by collecting and recycling garbage. Over the years, Lou found 30 abandoned children in garbage dumps, a sad result of China’s one-child policy. To many, she is a hero.
Lou found her first abandoned child in 1972. She and her husband later on adopted three other abandoned girls as their daughters. Additional babies that they found were given to other families to care for. “I realized if we had strength enough to collect garbage, how could we not recycle something as important as human lives,” Lou says.
Although hospitalized, she’s surrounded by her loved ones, including the children she saved. ”My mother has gotten better,” says Zhang Jingjing, one of Lou’s adopted daughters.
She’s truly an inspirational woman. Wishing her a speedy recovery!