Wednesday, 26. November 2014
05. 08. 14. - 15:00
When polio-stricken He Ying-hui was told she could not go to school because the journey was too tough for her, her best pal refused to turn her back on her.
Instead loyal He Qin-jiao volunteered to give her a piggy back every day - a four mile round trip in Hunan province, central China - rather than leave her friend behind.
Heroic Qin-jiao - now 13 - kept it up for three years before local health officials awarded her pal a wheelchair last year.
Even then, the dedicated pal pushed her friend to and from school every day and carried her up and down stairs to different classrooms.
Now Qin-jiao's loyalty has been rewarded after news of her good deeds went viral thanks to Chinese media who declared her 'China's Most Beautiful Student'.
"It is nice to be recognised but I didn't do it for that," said modest Qin-jiao.
"She is my best friend and school would not have been the same without her. If that meant I had to carry her than that's what I had to do.
"I didn't mind it at all. It gave us a chance to have a good chat before and after school every day," she added.
When Ying-hui was asked to describe the most important person in her life as part of a creative writing project, she wrote: "He Qin-jiao uses her little young shoulders to prop up my sky."
She added: "I wouldn't have been to school at all if it hadn't been for her. She's the best friend anyone could have."
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