“We will truly enjoy this Tet holiday because my daughter has undergone the heart surgery successfully”
When Tet holiday 2014 was coming, staff members of VietNamNet came to Dau Duong commune, Tam Nong district, Phu Tho province to see Nguyen Mai Lan, a young girl who was offered a free heart surgery by Thu Cuc International General Hospital in the beginning of October, 2013.
Three months after the surgery, Lan’s father – Mr. Nguyen Ba Van – was deeply touched when we came to visit them. He cheerfully shared that: “My daughter is on the mend. Since we came back from Thu Cuc International General Hospital, she has returned to school and no longer got fainted. She is up and about now, starting to eat more and has gained 3kg so far”.
This Tet holiday, Lan’s family celebrated a great Lunar New Year holiday ever. All family members would gather to have big meals, repainting and decorating their house with colorful flowers in order to congratulate their youngest daughter on her successful heart surgery after four years of longing.
Back the day when being informed that Lan was suffered from a fatal cardiac disease that caused weakness, difficulty breathing and pale skin. Her parents were totally desperate. They then did not allow the poor daughter to around freely and play with friends as those symptoms would easily occur and put her in danger.
Lan’s parents tried their best to afford all the fees for examination at Hanoi National Hospital of Pediatrics. According to the medical report, this young girl suffered from a heart disease and right aortic valve stenosis. The situation became even worse when the father decided to take his daughter home while awaiting surgery because they could not afford the fee for medical treatment that was up to a hundred of of millions VND.
Lan’s grandmother could not hide her happiness and shared with us “We are a multi-child but poor family.Thanks to VietNamNet that called for the contribution of sponsors, especially Ms. Nguyen Thu Cuc -Chief Excecutive Officer of Thu Cuc International General Hospital, our grand daughter had the opportunity to be treated. Shortly after that, Thu Cuc hospital sent a bus and picked Lan up from our house, offered a room for my granddaughter and her father in Hanoi, then donated a hundred of of millions VND for the heart surgery. When she was fully recovered following operation, Ms. Cuc also took her back home, giving her father money to buy fruit and toys.
It is a dream. Sometimes I ask my husband a ridiculous question “is it true that our grand daughter has undergone a heart surgery.”
Lan’s family’s dream has become reality. These joy and smiles have reinvigorated VietNamNet and Thu Cuc International General Hospital to collaborate with each other to support and share the pain with poor children.