Mông ethnic man with facial neurofibroma gets free surgery

December, 01/2021 - 20:04

Doctors of the National Hospital of Odonto and Stomatology on Tuesday begin a facial operation for Thào A Tu, a 52 year old patient with with very huge neurofibroma on his right cheek.

Doctors of the National Hospital of Odonto and Stomatology examine neurofibroma on Thào A Tu's cheek. — VNS Photo Thanh Hải

HÀ NỘI — Doctors of the National Hospital of Odonto and Stomatology have provided free surgery for Thào A Tu, a 52 year old patient suffering from an advanced case of neurofibroma on his right cheek.

Tu is a Mông ethnic man living in Than Uyên District of the northern province of Lai Châu and has had neurofibromatosis on both cheeks since he was about six years old.

The two tumours have gradually enlarged, though are painless and non-ulcerative. Nine years ago, the larger tumour on his left cheek was surgically removed by a doctor at K (Cancer) Hospital.

The remaining tumor on the right cheek has increased rapidly, causing facial deformities and difficulties in his daily life. By chance, he met a group of journalists and with the help of many people was taken to the National Hospital of Odonto and Stomatology for examination and treatment.

The patient is a drug addict of more than 10 years and was admitted to the hospital in a state of exhaustion. After 12 days on an appropriate diet provided by the hospital’s nutritionists, his weight rose to 56kg, up from 52kg at admission.

Dr Nguyễn Quảng Bình, Deputy Director of the National Hospital of Odonto and Stomatology, took part in the operation for the patient on the morning of Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyế

Doctors predicted that the patient would face many risks and complications during the operation such as bleeding, facial nerve paralysis or tumor recurrence, so all preparations were prepared with support of modern methods and medical equipment.

Tu said that the tumor had caused many difficulties for him, but because he did not have money so he tried to endure it.

“I am very grateful to the doctors who will help me get out of this difficult situation,” he said.

Doctors informed on Wednesday afternoon that the 5-6 hour long operation had succeeded and they said they expect Tu's life will be better after the surgery. — VNS

Doctors predicted that the patient would face many risks and complications during the operation such as bleeding, facial nerve paralysis or tumor recurrence, so all preparations were prepared with support of modern methods and medical equipment.

Tu said that the tumor had caused many difficulties for him, but because he did not have money so he tried to endure it.

“I am very grateful to the doctors who will help me get out of this difficult situation,” he said.

Doctors informed on Wednesday afternoon that the 5-6 hour long operation had succeeded and they said they expect Tu's life will be better after the surgery. — VNS

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