Touching pictures of a 69-year-old Julieta Lorenzo,an old lady in philippines which melted the hearts of thousands around the archipelago,has gone viral after photos of her carrying her 30-year-old disabled daughter to the bank in Roxas, Philippines to collect her pension was snapped and posted by a facebook user.
The heartwarming photos were snapped by Gilbred Cargason Alsagon Jr, who was at a branch of the Development Bank in the city of Roxas when Julieta and her daughter walked in. The sight of a small 69-year-old woman hunched over with a full grown woman on her back made a big impression on everyone present, Alsagon reported, but even though many offered to help them, the woman politely declined, saying that her daughter, Mary Jane, didn’t trust anyone else to carry her.
Julieta said she and Mary Jane travel to the bank every month to collect her pension of just $40, which they rely on for their daily subsistence.
Gilbred posted a few photos of the two as well as a short video on his Facebook page hoping that they would reach people in a better position to help them, as he had his own elderly mother to take care of. His post went viral, and was eventually picked up by national media outlets, which investigated the story further.
She added that she has carried Mary Jane, who was paralyz*d at the age of three and cannot talk or feed herself, for nearly three decades. She fears that Mary Jane might get molested if she leaves her behind.
And as if having to carry her adult daughter on her back wasn’t hard enough for a 69-year-old woman living in the city, it was later revealed that the two live in Bolo village, on the outskirts of Roxas, and have to walk up a dirt path clasped with tree roots in order to reach the modest home that they’ve been living in for the last 25 years.
It’s clear that Julieta’s meager pension is nowhere near enough to provide the medical care that her daughter deserves, but there’s no denying that she is doing everything she can for Mary Jane. However, the reports mention nothing about a husband or relatives she can rely on, and there’s only so much one person can do, especially at her age.