Da Lat resident returns home after giant tumour operation
HCM CITY — Nguyen Duy Hai of Da Lat, who underwent a historic surgery to remove a 90kg tumour on his right leg early this year, will return home and begin a new life today.
|Nguyen Duy Hai has recovered after the sugery to remove his giant tumour in HCM City-based French-Viet Nam Hospital. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy
According to doctors at HCM City-based FV hospital, where Hai had the tumour removed by American surgeon McKay McKinnon on January 5, Hai's health condition was very good and he has put on 10kg after the surgery, when he weighed 40kg.
Dr Gerard Desvignes, Medical Director of the hospital, said the physical therapy that was designed for Hai's condition has helped him walk on crutches for about 20 metres. "He will recover soon with further practice at home," Gerard added.
At the time of the operation, Hai suffered several problems caused by the giant tumour, including backbone deformity, respiratory difficulties and malnutrition.
Hai told the press yesterday that he found it difficult to believe his current situation. In the past, he had to rely on his mother and other people for all his daily activities, including taking a glass of water. "I had to stay in one place for several years. Now that I can stand up and walk with my remaining leg, I feel I am flying."
Hai plans to take another hree months to recuperate at home and undergo further physiotherapy. Later he will learn to fix mobile phones to earn a living.
As the fourth of five children, 32-year-old Hai was born normal, but soon his right leg weakened and began growing at a much faster rate than the other one. He left school at 11 when the deformity became too difficult to cope with.
Late last year, Dr McKinnon agreed to come Viet Nam to help Hai. A surgery scheduled for November 2011 could not take place because of Hai's poor health.— VNS