The story of a retired mortuary worker in eastern China who has devoted his life to adopting unwanted children and raising them as his own on his meagre income, has touched the hearts of Chinese readers.
Yu Shangzhong, 75, from Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, has adopted 12 girls over 35 years, the Qianjiang Evening News reported on Tuesday.
Yu and his late wife adopted their first child, a newborn girl, when he was 40, the report said.
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About four years later, he found a baby girl dumped in a paper box in his village and decided to call her his own. His third child was also a girl he found abandoned at a nearby pavilion, according to the report.
Over the years, Yu and his wife started taking in more and more unwanted children until the girls numbered 12 …