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Taiwanese experts save girl's leg

Update: December, 18/2012 - 15:44

HA NOI (VNS)– After six months, eight operations and nearly VND1.2 billion, surgeons in Taiwan territory have successfully saved the leg of 8-year-old Nguyen Thi Loan from Lam Dong Province.

The young girl had congenital swelling in her left leg due to lymphedema, a condition of localised fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system.

Experts from China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan subjected Loan to a 6-month treatment course starting in June 2012, which included 8 plastic and skin-grafting surgeries.

Speaking at a press conference in Ha Noi today, Loan's mother Nguyen Thi Tam said: "I am very happy because Taiwanese doctors have saved my daughter's leg after many hopeless years."

Doctors said that Loan can walk normally but still needs further training as part of her rehabilitation programme.

Loan was prenatally diagnosed with a lower-limb defect that made her left leg noticeably larger than the right one.

According to Tam, Loan started her treatment when she was 20 days old and her left leg swelled to 7 times the normal size despite receiving endless treatment from various local doctors.

Tam said that the treatment cost (roughly US$57,000) was donated from a Taiwan External Trade Development Council's humanitarian medical assistance project. – VNS

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