Divorcee raises mentally challenged daughter by herself
The Vietnamese mother raises her daughter, who has a developmental delay, single-handedly; she hopes that her girl can live an independent life in future
A Vietnamese woman who divorced her Taiwanese husband six years ago and continues to reside in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, has taken good care of her daughter who has a developmental delay, facing the challenge with determination and persistence, a newspaper reports.
Fifteen years ago the woman surnamed Truong married a Taiwanese man, and the couple had a daughter, The Liberty Times reported.
Their girl soon was diagnosed with delayed mental development. Truong dedicated her time and full attention to looking after her by taking her to an early-intervention center in Donggang as well as a physiotherapy center in Kaohsiung Hospital.
But after her divorce, Truong had to become a working mother. The factory where she worked fired her because the single mother took leave too often to accompany her daughter to doctors.
Truong then looked for jobs at noodle and street-snack stalls, where the employers were more understanding and allowed her to work flexible hours.
In order to help her daughter learn, the Vietnamese woman has attended Lin Yuan Night School to learn Chinese for the past six years.
Two or three years ago she started her own food stall in Kaohsiung’s Linyuan district, hoping that her daughter would pick up cooking skills and be able to live independently in the future.