An 11-day-old baby recovering from pneumonia in Vietnam has been stabbed in the head with a 12-inch blade by a deranged patient as he lay in an incubator next to his mother.
31-year-old Vo Thi Hong Duyen, the mother of the boy who was stabbed, has now been discussing the tragic incident, which allegedly resulted in 51-year-old Nguyen Thi Van stabbing her son in the head. The name of the child has now yet been revealed.
According to Vo Thi, via the Mirror, she awoke at 3:40 a.m. because of a noise in her hospital room. After stirring, she looked up and spotted a “shadowy figure” that was moving towards her bed. Her son was also laying alongside her in the bed.
“She jumped at me and we struggled and I heard a scream. I saw my baby crying and looked to see the knife in his face full of blood. When I started to cry, she ran away.”
4 inches of the 12-inch blade went into the baby’s brain, and doctors in the Vietnamese soon started to frantically assist the baby, and they eventually performed an operation that removed it from his head. It’s since been revealed that the knife just missed the infant’s eye.
Hospital staff were able to grab hold of and apprehend Thi Van, and she is now being questioned by police.
The child was moved from Vinh Long hospital in Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital. This is where the operation to save his life was performed.
Speaking about the incident, Dr Dao Trung Hieu, the deputy director of the establishment, admitted that the baby isn’t out of the woods yet, while also explaining just how dangerous the operation was.
“Because of the dangerous location of the blade in the brain of the child, the new-born baby might have become paralysed, suffered respiratory failure, and even died when the knife was removed.”
“The baby was stabbed in the left eye socket, through the right brain but the baby’s eyeball has been left unscathed. However, the most worrying problem postoperative period is the risk of bleeding and an infection recurrence in the brain. The baby boy was born on July 28 and was attacked 11 days later.”
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