3,000th open heart patient receives free operation

The city's Association for Poor Patients, which assists free surgery to heart patients, has provided free operation for the 3,000th cardiac.

Mr. Tran Thanh Long, SSPP’s president and Mr. Le Thanh An, the US Consul General in HCMC, visit Thanh Van and give her a gift at Tam Duc Hospital in the city on Dec. 8 2010. (Photo: SGGP)
Mr. Tran Thanh Long, SSPP’s president and Mr. Le Thanh An, the US Consul General in HCMC, visit Thanh Van and give her a gift at Tam Duc Hospital in the city on Dec. 8 2010. (Photo: SGGP)

A three-year-old child, Tran Nguyen Ngoc Thanh Van, who comes from a low-income family in HCMC's suburban district Nha Be, was the 3,000th heart patient. She was suffering a congenital heart disease.

However, because of her economic circumstances, she received no medical treatment for her condition.

Through sponsorship and financial support from the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC, the toddler underwent a free open-heart surgery on December 6. The operation was performed at the Heart Hospital ‘Tam Duc’ in district 7.

The operation was a success and now her health condition is stable and has been discharged from hospital.

During her time in hospital, Mr. Tran Thanh Long, SSPP’s president and Mr. Le Thanh An, the US Consul General in HCMC, visited the sick child and gave her gifts.

SSPP and their benefactors have sponsored over 3,000 children with heart disease in Vietnam for the last four years. The total expenditure for these operations have been over VND150 billion (US$75,000).

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