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Vietnamese boy stays lively despite losing leg to bone cancer

Monday, November 26, 2018, 09:48 GMT+7
Vietnamese boy stays lively despite losing leg to bone cancer
Lu Phu Loc browses for a book in the classroom at the Oncology Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

An 11-year-old Vietnamese boy has become an inspiration to others with his optimism and positive way of thinking despite losing one leg to his bone cancer.

Hailing from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, Lu Phu Loc would be just like other sixth graders if his serious health condition had not changed his life completely.

Loc was previously diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his left leg amputated when he was seven years old, forcing him to drop everything at school.

Loc’s father helps him tie his shoe.
Loc’s father helps him tie his shoe.

The young boy then came to Ho Chi Minh City with his father to seek further treatment for the illness at the Oncology Hospital.

It has been two years since Loc started his treatment at the infirmary.

The young boy has been staying and studying with other young patients at the facility.

Loc is enjoying a lesson with other young patients at the Oncology Hospital.
Loc is seen enjoying a lesson with other young patients at the Oncology Hospital.

“He used to be quiet, stubborn, and easily upset when he first came here,” said Dinh Thi Kim Phan, who teaches children at the Oncology Hospital.

“We tried to talk to him regularly and he finally opened up,” Phan continued.

Loc is now very sweet, friendly, and sociable, the teacher added.

The young boy assists a magician with his tricks at the classroom.
The young boy assists a magician with his tricks in the classroom.

“I only lost one leg. I still have the other,” Loc said.

“Having just one leg only makes walking a bit difficult. It doesn’t define how my life is going to be."

Loc walks with a pair of crutches at the hospital.
Loc walks with a pair of crutches at the hospital.
Loc is pictured during a treatment session at the infirmary.
Loc is pictured during a treatment session at the infirmary.
The boy walks around the hospital with his right leg.
The boy walks around the hospital with his right leg.
Dinh Thi Kim Phan, a teacher at the Oncology Hospital, talks with Loc.
Dinh Thi Kim Phan, a teacher at the Oncology Hospital, talks with Loc.
Loc and his friend at the hospital
Loc and his friend at the hospital

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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