The large and airy Level 4 home of the family of Mr Singh, a paralyzed man, housed a number of motorbikes, electric bicycles… most of which were brought by students asking him to repair them.
Legs are paralyzed, no will
Mr. Singh’s legs were weak and stiff, but his hands, on the contrary, were agile and unstoppable. After disassembling, he measured the battery’s voltage, then immediately repaired it.
He said that when he was born he was normal like other children. But after fever at the age of 3, his legs became completely inactive.
Disabled, but Mr Singh is eager to learn. He completed 9th grade, but dropped out in 10th grade because his home was too far from school and there were no wheelchairs at that time. She helplessly swallowed her tears before her dream of education was shattered.
“Should I drag myself around the house forever? I was determined to learn some profession so that I could earn a living in future and not become a runaway” – Mr Singh recalled.
He asked his parents to move him to Nha Trang city to learn electronics repair work. After a period of vocational training, in 1995, Mr. Singh returned to his hometown and opened a small electronics and electrical equipment repair shop at home.
At that time, the electrical and electronics profession was still quite new and busy in the rural area of Cam An. As a person with both legs disabled, climbing to heights for people to calibrate the TV antenna (which usually has to be mounted on a 5-6 meter high bamboo tree to receive the signal) was a big challenge for Mr Singh. It is a challenge.
“At first, I had to use my arms to pull my entire body, especially my paralyzed legs, up the ladder, which was very cumbersome and difficult. Finally, I was able to find a way to climb the ladder from behind. Became capable, as if swinging on a pull-up bar. Come up…” – Mr Singh happily talked about such difficult times, but full of determination and creativity.
Feeling affection for the disabled but strong-willed boy, Ms. Cao Thi Phuong Thao fell in love and after many hardships became Mr. Singh’s gentle wife.
Mrs. Thao said her eldest brother was handicapped in one leg but had a normal marriage. His brother-in-law is also disabled.
“But when I asked Mr. Singh to marry me, my family strongly opposed it… They loved their children and were concerned about my suffering, so they hoped to marry someone healthy. Was. However, now we can prove that our love is true. “Yes. Although Mr Singh is disabled, his desire to work, be creative and take care of his family is greater than that of many other healthy men” – Ms Thao could not hide her pride.
“Study for dad, study as high as you can”
Mr. Singh and Mrs. Thao gave birth to 5 children, including four boys and one girl. All five of his children are studious and do well, and four of them have gone to university or college.
The eldest son Nguyen Cong Minh (born 1999) has shown his true spirit as a “leader” to his juniors. While studying electrical and electronics at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technical Education for several years, Minh always strived to be a good student to reduce the tuition burden on his parents. I graduated valedictorian and with an excellent engineering degree.
Following in her footsteps, her three younger half-sisters also attended universities and colleges in Ho Chi Minh City. Four brothers rented a room together to live, study, share and protect each other. Currently at home with Mr. Singh and his wife, only the youngest child, Nguyen Van Phuoc (born 2007), is in 11th grade.
Mr. Singh and Mrs. Thao’s only daughter, Nguyen Thi Thuy Tien (22 years old), has graduated and is working in the tourism industry in Ho Chi Minh City. Tien said it was the enthusiasm for work and the will to overcome all the challenges and difficulties of his ruthless father and hardworking mother that inspired the five brothers to always study well and remain determined to reach their destination. Did.
“Although my father has physical defects, his love is very great. He said that earlier he wanted to study but could not. Now you have to help him learn as much as possible and at a high level. This It is also difficult.” However, my parents are struggling to take care of the education of my five siblings,” TN shared.
“Everyone has their own life, some are lucky, others are unlucky. I just want to convey the message that people in situations like mine should not be self-conscious but should be confident in overcoming their destiny, then We can make our own destiny.” “Life is beautiful and meaningful” – Mr. Singh smiled softly.