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A heartwarming story comes to us from China where a woman found and raised more than 30 abandoned Chinese babies from the streets of Jinhua, in the eastern Zhejiang province.  She found the babies among the rubbish which she made a living around by recycling.

Lou Xiaoying now 88, is suffering from kidney failure, and her late husband Li Zin, who died 17 years ago, kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family to begin new lives. Her youngest son Zhang Qilin, now just seven, was found in a dustbin by Lou when she was 82.

“Even though I was already getting old I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me,” she states.

“I took him back to our home, which is a very small modest house in the countryside and nursed him to health. He is now a thriving little boy, who is happy and healthy.

“My older children all help look after Zhang Qilin, he is very special to all of us. I named him after the Chinese word for rare and precious.

“The whole thing started when I found the first baby, a little girl back in 1972 when I was out collecting rubbish. She was just lying amongst the junk on the street, abandoned. She would have died had we not rescued her and taken her in.

“Watching her grow and become stronger gave us such happiness and I realised I had a real love of caring for children.

“I realised if we had strength enough to collect garbage how could we not recycle something as important as human lives.

“These children need love and care. They are all precious human lives. I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.”

Lou, who has one biological daughter, Zhang Caiying and now aged 49, devoted her life to looking after the abandoned babies.  Word of Lou’s kind-hearted gestures has now spread in China, where thousands of babies are abandoned on the streets by their poverty stricken parents.  A little boy who was found abandoned by Lou is now cared for by her older children. The family have little money but still managed to save dozens of children.  Lou, who is now in the hospital, has become iconic in her village and people have said she puts the government and other officials to shame.
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From The Citrus Report