This was his last photo. The unthinkable happened shortly after
When we hear the word “superhero”, we tend to think about a handsome man (as if the only thing he has ever done was going to the gym), extremely attractive, masculine, wearing a suit similar to Marvel characters or at least a long cape.
This person is a superhero because he has the power like nobody else. For example, the ability to fly, superhuman speed, intelligence or incredible magic powers.
What if all these qualities are just a metaphor? We all know that such superheroes don’t exist. But does this mean that they don’t exist at all? They do! The real superheros are the ones that do what they have to do, no matter what is the price.
There is no doubt that these words are true when we think about Cheng Changjiang. The photo you can see below is the last photo of this young boy. What happened few minutes later is a story worth reading.
Cheng Chiangjang was a young, 18 years old boy that was having a leisure time after finishing his exams. He was taking a few photos in Xinyang, suburb area of Henan, a city in central China. Everything seemed to be ok, he was relaxed and happy after passing all of his exams. However, in a few moments he was meant to experience a very tough situation.
What happened next could affect him in a very serious way. Despite this fact, it wasn't an obstacle for him to risk his own life to save some children that found themselves in big troubles.
Cheng was very happy while he was taking this photo. Everyone may think that he has a wonderful life to live. Nobody would expect that destiny prepared completely different scenario for him. Few moments later… he will be dead.
That’s unfortunately true. However, he didn’t die in vain. After taking his last photo, Cheng realized that three children fell into the water and they were slowly drowning. He knew it had to be him to help those children. Cheng couldn't swim and he also could drown, but saving these children's lives was much more important in that moment. He couldn't just watch how death takes those innocent lives.
He heard them crying and that was enough to revive his courage and make him dive into the water. After saving the last child, another man went to help Cheng. He gave an 11-year-old girl to this man and then disappeared below the surface.
When other people came to help him, it was already too late. “He was already dead when we got him out of the water. There was nothing we could do to save his life”, said one of the witnesses of the incident.
As his family and friends said, it was completely normal for Cheng to risk his life to help other people. The story that we just shared with you proves that the real superheros are not the ones that wear capes and fight with supernatural powers. It can be an everyday person we meet on the street that may stand by our side. You could be the hero, even though you still don’t know about it. The hero is the person that is able to give all when it’s needed to save other people’s lives.
This article is our great and beautiful tribute to Cheng Changjiang from China. A boy who was able to prove that age, gender or nationality doesn’t matter because anyone can be the hero.