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Ho Chi Minh City hospital saves 9-yo boy with punctured heart

Ho Chi Minh City hospital saves 9-yo boy with punctured heart

Saturday, July 04, 2020, 10:35 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City hospital saves 9-yo boy with punctured heart
Doctors perform a surgery to save a 9-year-old boy suffering from a punctured heart at Children's Hospital 2 in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, July 2, 2020. Photo: Thanh Tri / Tuoi Tre

A nine-year-old boy in Ho Chi Minh City has survived having his heart punctured thanks to efforts from doctors at the Children's Hospital 2 in District 1.

M.T.A., 9, was rushed to District 7 Hospital by his grandmother, who said she found A. lying immobile next to his mother with a pair of scissors on Thursday, according to doctors.

The District 7 infirmary managed to resuscitate A. with emergency first-aid after he had gone into cardiac and respiratory arrest, before transferring the boy to Children's Hospital 2.

Upon admitting A., the District 1-based hospital immediately activated code red alert and carried out a surgery on the boy, said Dr. Tran Thanh Tri, head of the general surgery department at Children's Hospital 2.

The code red alert system is the process of coordination and emergency assistance between hospitals to provide emergency services for patients in critical situations that require the intervention of doctors and experienced experts from different specialties, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health’s news site Suc khoe & Doi song (Health & Life).

A. could have been on the verge of death from bleeding and compression of the heart if the doctors were late to intervene for just a few more seconds, according to Dr. Tri.

During the operation, doctors found a puncture in the right ventricle near the coronary artery in A.’s heart and sutured the hole.

Currently, the little patient’s health has stabilized, and he has been transferred to the infirmary's cardiopulmonary resuscitation room.

Children's Hospital 2 also reported the incident to the local police on the same day.

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