By: Hsu Chih-wei and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) A mother of seven children was honored by the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) Sunday for single-handedly raising the children — six of whom have intellectual disabilities — and caring her sick, jobless husband.
Teng Chia-chen (鄧家蓁), 52, grimly gritted her teeth to shoulder the responsibility of supporting a family of nine all by herself after her husband failed in business and fell sick. She makes a living by delivering goods as well as lunch and dinner boxes, and selling home-made bread at home in Taoyuan.
Sleeping less than 5 hours a day, Teng cannot afford to fall sick. Due to her heavy financial burdens, she was once unable to even pay the registration fee for a hospital visit, which ranges between NT$100 (US$3.2) and NT$150 at different hospitals. [FULL STORY]