In January, this year, a 38-year-old woman of paraplegic case, after having received 8 rounds of spinal operation, gave birth to a cute son and left Pyongyang Maternity Hospital amid blessings of all people.
At modern times which see development of modern technology, it may not be so surprising for anybody to hear that a woman in paraplegia gave birth to a child.
She, the wife of an ordinary farmer, didn’t pay a cent during her 60-day hospitalization. She instead received a special medical treatment from the state. Such a fact would be hardly imagined in the capitalist society where money decides everything.
Her body was not fit to deliver a baby. The state, however, read her mind to become a mother and took all the steps to fulfill her desire.
There may be a person who feels physical inconvenience. But not a single person can be found who writhes in agony for failing to realize one’s dream and wish. This is the reality of our socialism.
This woman, who gave birth to a precious son, is not the only disabled who made the dream come true.
Some years ago, Pyongyang Exchange Group of Disabled Persons staged an art performance in the UK. In this performance, persons with disabilities in eyesight and audibility showed an excellent performance of the world-famous music and cartoon dance “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. They also played the accordion, piano and other musical instruments just like the professionals. Through this, they made the audiences feel the reality of our country which translates the dreams and ideals of the disabled into reality.
The high scores attained by our disabled persons in recent international sporting events such as swimming, ping-pong and archery also evince the true feature of our country’s policy of protecting the disabled people.
As the dignity, rights and interests of the disabled people are legally and institutionally guaranteed under the state policy and public care, they participate in all areas of social life equally with normal people.
Among them are a poet with disability and the deaf who manufactures violin. There is also a disabled person who was conferred upon the title of Labor Hero-the highest honor of the DPRK citizen-for having made a big contribution to the country through decades-long patriotic and creative efforts.
There are rehabilitation centers and medical facilities including the Korean Rehabilitation Centre for Children with Disability in Pyongyang City. Here the disabled children are growing up free from any worry with rehabilitation treatment and special education being provided for preschool children.
They all say in chorus:
“Since we are embraced in the bosom of the socialist fatherland which holds respected Comrade Kim Jong Un in high esteem as our own parents, our dreams come true even though we are disabled. We will love our fatherland infinitely and follow it forever.”