(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Mr Hao Panpan, a paralysed man who shares his unyielding spirit through live streaming, found true love on the social media platform, China Youth Daily reported.
Mr Hao, from Huanggou village of Jize county in Handan, north China's Hebei province, was injured at a well-digging construction site in May 2014. As a result, he ended up paralysed from his waist down. Four months later, Mr Hao's ex-girlfriend left the home they shared and he hasn't heard from her since.
Lying in bed for a long time took a toll on Mr Hao's health. He began to suffer muscular atrophy in his legs, and his weight dropped from 65kg to 50kg.
Despite losing the ability to work outside the home, Mr Hao found an unexpected source of income: live streaming online. With a mobile phone and a stand, he sings and does rehabilitation exercises on a live-streaming platform.
The live show draws more than 70,000 followers online, many of whom are handicapped men who felt a connection to Mr Hao's persistence and unyielding spirit.
Among Mr Hao's followers was Ms Fu Chengjun, a woman from central China's Anhui province, who got to know Mr Hao through his live streaming in February 2017.
"After following him online for some time, I found him to be a strong and optimistic person. We gradually fell in love," Ms Fu said.
On Jan 9, Ms Fu tied the knot with Mr Hao in his hometown in Hebei without informing her family. The two formed a new family, as each has a child from previous relationships.
According to local custom, the groom's family gives betrothal gifts to the bride's family before the marriage. However, Fu chose to marry Hao without asking for anything.
The couple now support themselves through live streaming broadcasts and by doing business on WeChat, selling products like towels and underwear. Ms Fu gives her husband massages daily to help improve the blood circulation in his legs.