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Disabled Boy Saved 4 Classmates in the Quake
    2008-06-26 10:00:29     CRIENGLISH.com

A devastating earthquake struck southwest China's Sichuan Province on May 12. From that moment on, children's laughter in the province turned into cries of pain. Many teenagers born after the 90s, who should ideally be enjoying their childhood, had no choice but to be strong and face what happened.

Zhang Qiang, a grade 9 student in Shifang County, was seriously hurt in a car accident when he was very young. The accident left him with a crippled hand and leg.

On May 12, as soon as he felt the earth tremble, Zhang Qiang immediately ran out of the classroom. Moments later, half of the building collapsed burying many classmates under the rubble. Without a second thought, he immediately rushed back in the collapsed building to save his classmates.

"He is a little fat. He got stuck in some rocks with a lot of blood in his mouth. My teacher and I had to move the rocks away to save him. Finally, I hoisted him on my shoulder. His blood was all over me."

Despite being disabled, Zhang Qiang managed to save four students that day. A girl saved by him saysĄ­

"Zhang Qiang gave me a second life. He saved not only my, but also other classmates' lives."

Shifang County was one of Sichuan's worst-hit areas in the quake. Zhang Qiang's house was completely destroyed by the quake. The day after the earthquake struck, however, he joined relief teams in Shifang. In fact, when he joined their ranks, he was considered the youngest volunteer taking part in post-quake relief efforts.

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