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Nguyen Ba Thanh expected to leave US for Vietnam today

Monday, January 05, 2015, 13:09 GMT+7

Chief of the Central Internal Affairs Commission of Vietnam, Nguyen Ba Thanh, who is suffering from myelodysplastic syndrome, is scheduled to fly from the U.S. this morning for further treatment at the Da Nang Central Hospital in the central city of Da Nang, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

>> Vietnam rejects rumor of death of anti-corruption leader Nguyen Ba Thanh The family of Thanh, who is also deputy head of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption led by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, is completing necessary procedures to fly him back to Da Nang after four months and 19 days of treatment for his disease at a private hospital in the U.S., the source said. “Everything is ready and if nothing unexpected happens, Thanh and his relatives and caretakers will arrive in Da Nang on Tuesday evening [Vietnam time],” the source added. He is expected to be flown home on a small ambulance plane that will transit at an airport in the U.S. and another in Japan before reaching Da Nang, according to the source. Besides Nguyen Ba Canh, Thanh’s son, several American doctors who have treated Thanh in the U.S. will also accompany him home. The Da Nang General Hospital’s Oncology Department has prepared a well-furnished room for Thanh, Tuoi Tre correspondents in the city reported. The path leading to the elevator area has also been repaired and improved to make for smoother movement of patients. In talking with Tuoi Tre on Sunday afternoon, Vo Cong Tri, deputy secretary of the city Party Committee, said, “Everything is in a waiting state. When the plane carrying Thanh takes off in the U.S., we will be informed to prepare to pick him up. At present, we cannot know for sure about the schedule of his flight.” Several days ago, the Board for Protection and Care of Health of Central-Level Officials rejected a rumor that Thanh had passed away or had already been sent back to Da Nang. After he fell sick with myelodysplastic syndrome in August, the Party Central Committee agreed for Thanh, who is a former secretary of the Da Nang City Party Committee, to be treated in the U.S. On August 16, Thanh’s relatives took him to a private hospital in the U.S. for treatment.

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