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Infant stabbed in skull in stable condition

Update: August, 18/2015 - 18:28
The infant has been under treatment at the Paediatrics Hospital No 1 in HCM City. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — An infant who was stabbed in the skull with a knife has now recovered, exceeding expectation of the doctors and nurses, said the Paediatrics Hospital No 1 in HCM City.

Doctor Pham Thi Thanh Tam, head of the hospital's neo-natal intensive care ward, said bleeding from the brain and infection, about which the doctors were worried the most, did not happen.

The incision was dry and the infant's movement of eyes, arms and legs was normal, she said.

The doctors have now decreased the antibiotics being administered to the infant, from three kinds to two kinds.

The boy has not used respirator and is being breast fed.

At 6.45am last Saturday, the child was brought to the hospital's emergency ward from the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long where he had been treated for pneumonia for four days.

He had an 11cm knife embedded in the left eye socket though it had "miraculously" missed the eye itself.

At 10.30am on the same day, a team of 30 doctors performed a three-hour operation to open the skull to remove the knife. The team was led by Dao Trung Hieu, deputy director of the hospital.

The baby is the son of Vo Thi Hong Duyen, 32, in Vung Liem District of Vinh Long Province. He had been taken to the local hospital for pneumonia treatment before he was stabbed by a woman. — VNS

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