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Good son helps paralysed dad

Update: August, 30/2015 - 12:00

A good son has helped his Dad who was injured in an accident.

He has been making him a wheelchair; one that he hopes will be the best wheelchair in the whole of Viet Nam.

Le Van Hoa believes his father gave him the gift off being able to make things, such as wheelchairs.

The new wheelchair will be the best in the country - and Dad gets the first. Hieu sits in bed surrounded by devices designed by his creative son Hoa.
The new wheelchair will be the best in the country - and Dad gets the first. Hieu sits in bed surrounded by devices designed by his creative son Hoa. - VNS Photo Phuoc Buu

Phuoc Buu

THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS) — Le Van Hoa works through his lunchtime at a workshop at the Hue College of Industry every day, despite the extreme heat. He is finalising an electric wheelchair designed for his father who was paralysed in a motorbike accident 12 years ago.

The 21-year-old student is adding more functions to make his paralysed father feel more comfortable in the wheelchair.

In 2011, Hoa started work on the wheelchair and made a trial model of it, which won several prizes.

The direction and speed were controlled by head movements.

"The new chair will include modern electrical and hydraulic systems," Hoa said.

"I am adding two more functions that allow my father to lie back or be upright.

"It will be the best wheelchair in the country, and I have reserved the first one for my father."

Hoa has great compassion for his father.

"Everyone says it's my creation, but I know it's my father's. He nurtured it inside of me and inspired me a lot. I inherited my creativeness from him.

Hoa remembers his father reading to him and how creative he was. He invented a machine used for grinding rice into powder so his wife no longer had to do it manually.

"My father was a normal farmer. He left school early without any qualifications to start a farming life," said Hoa.

When Hoa was in Grade 3, his father returned home from Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City. At that time, his father was too weak to even yawn and could barely open his eyes.

Hoa remembered that his mother, brother and sisters had cared for him for almost two years to revive the man who was on his death bed.

"I was too little to do anything for him at that time," said Hoa.

"Things came out as I started sleeping with him every night.

"At first I thought his recovery was due to the dedicated care from my family, but later I felt that there was a strong will to survive inside him." 

We saw this with our own eyes when we paid a surprise visit to his home in May. With a generous voice he raised himself up to welcome us, and suddenly he was transformed from a paralysed person to a strong, brave individual waiting to welcome us.

Hieu greeted us with a smile and asked who we were and what we did, almost like a reporter.

"He's so optimistic and clear-minded," said Nguyen Nhu Trang, a Ha Noi resident who by chance accompanied us to Hieu's home.

Hieu looked quite well and a little bit younger than his age. He had a good complexion.

The more we spoke with him, the more amazed we were at his coherent, visual and even critical thinking, a skill that not many people in this country have. He's amazingly confident and self-reliant.

"I have never wished for good luck. We get the things we fight for," Hieu said.

My family have offered me the best care, but Hoa's love has created this equipment that helps me today," said Hieu, pointing at various devices around him.

They include an electric foot massager, a hydraulic back buffer, a lifting system used for moving Hieu from his bed to his wheelchair, a water machine to keep Hieu cool during hot summer days and a desk for him to use the internet.

Hoa said he was always thinking of what he could do to improve his father's life.

In Grade 7, he pulled Hieu's manual wheelchair around on the back of his motorbike looking for spare parts to use.

Hoa is in his last year at college now, and hopes to find an investor for his wheelchair so it can be mass produced to help other paralysed people.

After graduation, he plans to upgrade the devices again for his father, whose light shines on thanks to his son's love. — VNS

 

GLOSSARY

 

He is finalising an electric wheelchair designed for his father who was paralysed in a motorbike accident 12 years ago.

People become paralysed when they are no longer able to move their limbs because something in the body is not working in the area between the brain -- which tells the limbs to move -- and the limb itself.

The 21-year-old student is adding more functions to make his paralysed father feel more comfortable in the wheelchair.

Functions, in this case, means things that the wheelchair can be programmed to do.

In 2011, Hoa started work on the wheelchair and made a trial model of it, which won several prizes.

A trial model is a practice model.

"The new chair will include modern electrical and hydraulic systems," Hoa said.

Hydraulic systems are systems  in an engine that work on the force of liquids.

Hoa has great compassion for his father.

Compassion means feelings.

"Everyone says it's my creation, but I know it's my father's.

A creation is something that someone has made from an idea in their head.

He nurtured it inside of me and inspired me a lot.

To nurture someone means to gently, patiently and  lovingly teach them how to do something.

When you are inspired to do something, you get the feeling to want to go out and do something positive.

I inherited my creativeness from him.

You inherit things that are passed on to you, often by your parents and other ancestors.

He invented a machine used for grinding rice into powder so his wife no longer had to do it manually.

To invent something means to be the first person in the world to design it and make it.

Manually means by hand.

Hoa remembered that his mother, brother and sisters had cared for him for almost two years to revive the man who was on his death bed.

To revive someone means to bring that person back to life.

"At first I thought his recovery was due to the dedicated care from my family, but later I felt that there was a strong will to survive inside him." 

When the family offer him dedicated care, they are very serious about offering him good care and they take this offer as a very important duty.

With a generous voice he raised himself up to welcome us, and suddenly he was transformed from a paralysed person to a strong, brave individual waiting to welcome us.

To be transformed means to change from one thing into something else.

"He's so optimistic and clear-minded," said Nguyen Nhu Trang, a Ha Noi resident who by chance accompanied us to Hieu's home.

To be optimistic means to believe that things will work out well.

He had a good complexion.

Your complexion is the natural colour of your skin, especially your face.

The more we spoke with him, the more amazed we were at his coherent, visual and even critical thinking, a skill that not many people in this country have.

To think in a coherent way means to be able to reason.

Visual means using your sight.

They include an electric foot massager, a hydraulic back buffer, a lifting system used for moving Hieu from his bed to his wheelchair, a water machine to keep Hieu cool during hot summer days and a desk for him to use the internet.

A buffer is a cushion.

Hoa is in his last year at college now, and hopes to find an investor for his wheelchair so it can be mass produced to help other paralysed people.

An investor is someone who offers to pay money towards a project, or an idea.

 

 

 

 

 

WORKSHEET

1. The city in which Le Van Hoa is a student.

2. The food Le Van Hoa's mother had to grind by hand until his father made a machine for her.

3. A "place" Hieu visits that involves using a desk.

4. Le Van Hoa's father's job before the accident.

5. A word that describes using your hands.

 

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1. Hue; 2. rice; 3. internet; 4. farmer; 5. manual.

 

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