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Heartwarming moment as air-stewardess reduces disabled man to tears by feeding him on plane

The moving image of a flight attendant feeding a disabled man has been shared by millions of people in China

Viral: The picture has been shared by millions of social media users in China

Viral: The picture has been shared by millions of social media users in China

This was the touching moment an air-stewardess reduced a disabled man to tears by feeding him on a flight.

Kind-hearted Fan Xuesong knelt down and fed the 71-year-old man named Mr Niu.

He has suffered a stroke and is unable to clutch a spoon, reports The People’s Daily Online.

Speaking to reporters after the image moved millions in China, flight attendant Miss Fan said: “When I said I wanted to feed him, he suddenly felt touched and started to cry.”

Emotion: Mr Niu breaks down in tears by the act of kindness

Emotion: Mr Niu breaks down in tears by the act of kindness

The heartwarming scene took place on December 8 on a passenger jet heading from Zhengzhou to Haikou in China.

It has emerged Mr Niu, a retired professor of medicine, had a stroke which left him partially paralysed and wheelchair bound. His wife, who was travelling with him, and child are now his sole carers.

Miss Fan said she had Mr Niu transferred to the front seat to give him more space and make it easier to reach the bathroom.

Mr Niu’s wife, however, was not given a priority seat, which resulted in the couple sitting apart.

Miss Fan said she just wanted to ensure Mr Niu was being properly cared for.

Miss Fan fed him rice which he found too hard to chew, so she gave him noodles.

Kindness: Fan Xuesong wanted to ensure the passenger was cared for after being seated apart from his wife

Kindness: Fan Xuesong wanted to ensure the passenger was cared for after being seated apart from his wife

Miss Fan, who graduated as an air stewardess in 2004, added: “The old man worked hard all his life, did contribute to society, we should be kind to him.”

A passenger who captured the event uploaded the photo to Weibo – a Chinese social network similar to Twitter – where it was shared by millions.

Then the official Weibo account of Hainan Airlines retweeted the photo.

Mr Niu told local reporters: “I couldn’t help but cry as she helped me eat, blew my nose and wiped away my tears.”

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