A touching story of a 12-year-old boy named Xu Bingyang and his friend Zhang Ze just went viral and it has been giving many goosebumps. As the story goes, Zhange Ze suffers from a rare muscle condition which has prevented him from being able to walk or move by himself. The young boy has, however, found help in his friend Xu Bingyang who has been piggybacking him from grade one at a school in China and also helping him perform other tasks.
Xu Bingyang helps his classmate Zhang to refill water bottle, fetch lunch and go to the toilet. The 12-year-old, who is taller and stronger, says he consideres it his pleasure to be his Xu's 'walking stick'.
Hence, all thanks to his classmate and best friend who carries him on his back every day, Zhange does not exactly feel the brunt of not being able to walk. As was reported by Daily Mail, the 12-year-old Xu Bingyang piggbacks Zhang Ze to school come rain or shine. This boy who has been regarded as very compassionate also helps his friend to do other menial tasks like fetching lunch and moving between classrooms to attend several lessons.
It was said that the inspiring friendship of the duo who are from Meishan city in south-western China's Sichuan province was reported by some Chinese news outlets, including Sichuan Online and Xinhua. Xu and Zhang are sixth-grade pupils at the Hebazi Town Central Primary School in the county of Qingshen.
In this regard, Xu, who is much taller and stronger than Zhang, particularly told reporters that it was not difficult to lift Zhang and he considered it a pleasure to be his friend's 'walking stick'.
"I weigh more than 40kg (88 pounds) and Zhang Ze only weighs about 25kg (55 pounds), so it's okay for me to carry him," Xu said.
Zhang also had something special to say about his friend: "Xu Bingyang is my best friend. Every day, he studies with me, chats with me and plays with me. [I] thank him for looking after me like this every day," Zhang told Sichuan Online.
According to Daily Mail, Zhang was diagnosed with a rare muscle condition, sometimes known as the rag doll disease, at the age of four. The incurable condition, medically referred to as myasthenia gravis, caused Zhang to lose all control of his voluntary muscles in his legs in so much that he cannot walk on his own.
But then, Zhang has been able to attend school like other children after Xu offered to help him as soon as they met in the first grade. For Xu, he considers it a responsibility on his part for him to help his friend.
He said: "He said: 'I am bigger than him. I thought if I didn't help him, nobody else would." But the journey has not quite been easy for the duo. For one, it usually takes the two boys three minutes to move from the classroom to the toilet, which are about 70 metres (230 feet) apart.
In order to be able to cover this short distance, Xu would gently hold Zhang by the hand or lift him up from the side as they slowly move forwards together. But whenever there are stairs, Xu would carry Zhang on his back.
Aside from this, Xu also assists Zhang to hand in his homework and use the bathroom. For about three years, Zhang was helped by Xu and yet another pupil. But the other pupil later bailed out, saying he didn't have spare time to play or study, according to one teacher.
The teacher also told Sichuan Online this: "For so many years, [Xu] has continued doing good deeds and never complained in front of the teachers and classmates. Xu is hardworking, down-to-earth and very mature."
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What is even more surprising is that Xu's mother did not know about her son's selfless behaviour at the beginning. According to her, the shy Xu had never talked about his action in the family and she only found out about it from the other pupils.
Against the backdrop of his present act of kindness, Xu said he sees himself in the future helping others around him and volunteering for the society when he grows up.
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