A Vietnamese baby boy who was recovering from pneumonia at Vinh Long Hospital was stabbed in the head with a 12-inch knife by a deranged female patient, reported Daily Mail. In the early hours of August 8, 32-year-old Vo Thi Hong Duyen awoke to the horrifying screams of her infant son.
When she looked over at her 11-day-old baby boy, there was a 12-inch knife protruding from his head, and his face was covered in blood. A few feet away from the infant – whose name has not been released to the public – stood 51-year-old Nguyen Thi Van, a hospital patient who Duyen and her son shared a room with, with her hands covered in the boy’s blood.
Without hesitation, the female patient came charging at Duyen, and the two scuffled on the floor before the woman fled the scene. She didn’t get far, as she was later found by hospital staffed and placed under arrest. Van made several suicide attempts after stabbing the newborn baby in the head; therefore, she had to be placed on suicide watch following her arrest.
The newborn baby was immediately rushed to Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital to undergo a three hour surgery to remove the 12-inch knife that wedged 11 cm into his brain. The strong baby survived the knife attack, but remains in critical condition as doctors say his life could still be in danger, according to Mirror.
The director of Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital, Dr. Dao Trung Hieu said that “Because of the dangerous location of the blade in the brain of the child, the new-born baby might have become paralyzed, 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.”
Van is currently being held at the jail where police officials are questioning her about the stabbing of the 11-day-old baby boy.
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