How far would you go for a loved one? After a horrific car accident left Lu Lei’s fiancée with severe brain damage and partially paralyzed, he was faced with a heart wrenching decision.
The future was supposed to be rosy for newly engaged couple Lu Lei and Pan Xiaoxia, but a car accident in 2010 changed everything.
When an out-of-control car slammed into them on the street near Lu’s military post in Jiangxi Province, he was left mostly unscathed but Pan retained severe injury to the left side of her brain.
Following treatment, Lu was devastated to learn that not only could Pan no longer care for herself, but her IQ had degenerated to that of a 3-year-old and she could not remember anyone she once knew.
Few would have blamed Lu if he had moved on. But despite suggestions from both families to forget Pan, Lu insisted on keeping their vows. The two married 10 months after the accident.
“I want to be there for her while she grows up,” said Lu.
Five years later and Lu has managed to teach Pan how to eat and speak again. He taught her to walk by tying a rope between his left hand and her right leg to help her balance.
But treatment is neither cheap nor easy. To raise the extra money needed, Lu’s father travels nearly 1000km away from Henan to Guangdong to collect waste, while Lu’s mother cares for Pan when Lu goes to work.
Today Pan’s mental capacity has recovered to that of a six-year-old. With a newly adopted child, Lu says he remains optimistic about the future.