From Chengdu QQ:
Le Le (name has been changed) is 6 years old. He suffers from a congenital disorder that has left him unable to see, hear, or speak.
All day, he sits caged up by himself while his parents are at work.
His father, Liu Yong, has been working construction in Chengdu for some years while his mother, Xu Juxiu, stayed by herself in her hometown of Ziyang with the child.
But last month, Xu Juxiu brought Le Le to Chengdu so that she could take on some work at the same construction site where her husband works.
While they're at work, they have no choice but to enclose him on a bed inside their rented apartment by himself. Every morning before leaving for work, Liu Yong puts Le Le on the bed and then puts two-meter-long wooden boards on either side of the bed to prevent Le Le from climbing down.
At noon, Liu Yong and Xu Juxiu come home for lunch. The first thing they do is take Le Le out of the bed and check his diaper. Then they take his hand and walk him around. "There was no other way; we have to do this," says Liu Yong, tears in his eyes.
Le Le's condition was discovered shortly after his first birthday. The doctors told his parents that any treatment they could provide would have little effect, and, besides, the cost would be high.
His parents earn about RMB1,000 per month with their combined incomes. By living frugally, they hope to save enough money to one day take Le Le to see a doctor again for possible treatment.