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Old Lady Rubbish Collector Saves Abandoned Babies

Updated on November 17, 2016
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Jinhua (red) in Zhejiang province (orange), China

Old lady rubbish collector saves abandoned babies

Some said it was very fortunate to be born humans. However, some babies were not that fortunate from even day one. They were abandoned and thrown into rubbish bins, left to die, if not dead yet. This article is not to discuss the problems of such inhumane act. I am sharing this touching story of how a very poor old lady in China saved the lives of abandoned babies, not once, not twice, but more than 30 times.

This old lady’s name is Lou Xiaoying. She is now 88 years old and is suffering from kidney failure. She walks through the streets of Jinhua in eastern Zhejiang province of China. She walks not for exercise but for a living. She collects recyclable materials from the rubbish dumps for a living. Life as it is, is hard enough. What when she came face to face with new-born babies dumped in the rubbish heaps? Lou Xiaoying has a golden heart of human compassion. She saved the poor babies, brought them home and gave them a healthy life with love.

It all started way back in 1972. While making her usual rounds along the streets, Lou saw a baby girl abandoned on the roadside together with all the rubbish. Her heart sank. She brought the baby home and took care of her. Through the years, she continued to save abandoned babies, not once, not twice, but more than 30 times over!

Her last encounter was 7 years ago when Lou Xiaoying was already 82 years old. This time it was a baby boy. Not for a second thought, she brought him home and took care of him. She named him Qilin, meaning “rare and precious”. To Lou Xiaoying, every life is rare and precious. She questioned, “They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can throw their own ‘flesh and blood’ onto the streets to die. If I have the strength to collect recyclable rubbish, how can I not recycle human lives?” This is her pure compassion for those unfortunate babies.

Grandma Lou with two of the children she rescued

Thank you, Lou "Nai Nai"

Lou Xiaoying’s husband died 17 years ago. So far she kept four of the children she saved, and the others she found homes for them with friends and relatives. She has her own daughter who is now 49 years old.

Thank you Lou "Nai Nai" for having a golden heart of compassion, for giving lives to all these innocent babies. "Nai Nai" means "grandmother" in Mandarin Chinese.

Abandoned babies are not a problem only in China. This inhumane act spreads across the globe. There are so many reasons for this despicable act. But are they justifiable? I rest my case.

You may like to read another touching story of poor Grandpa Bai who still could finance poor children in their education.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Sarra,

      Thank you for visiting and vote.

      Nice to meet you too.

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      Sarra Garrett 5 years ago

      What a beautiful story of a beautiful woman. Voted Awesome and Up. I'm glad I found you today.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      She is what you call a true angel. Thanks for the read.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Sally's Trove ,

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      This is a very moving story, and it made me want to know more about baby abandonment statistics around the world, so I'll be doing some research.

      I was greatly touched by Lou Xiaoying's compassion and immediately thought that such compassion would have very different results in my country, where well-established social services and law first make an abandoned baby a ward of the state. Much to think about here. Thank you for writing this account.