Netizens across the country are praising a five-year-old girl in Ho Chi Minh City for her strength and composure after a video surfaced online of her being taken to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.
In the 43-second video, the young resident of the city’s Binh Chanh District, wearing oversized protective gear and a face mask, walks slowly towards an ambulance parked on the roadway.
After reaching the ambulance door, the young girl turns around and looks at her house and medical staff before voluntarily stepping into the vehicle under the guidance of a medical worker.
According to Nguyen Thanh Truc, a nurse at the medical station in Phong Phu Commune in Binh Chanh who filmed the video and shared it on his personal Facebook account, the little girl tested positive for the novel coronavirus after her father and grandmother were infected with the pathogen and sent to a hospital.
Her mother had also been taken to a centralized quarantine facility for being a direct contact.
Local authorities sent an ambulance from the Binh Chanh District Hospital to pick the child up to Trung Vuong Hospital in District 10 for COVID-19 treatment at 7:30 pm on Wednesday.
The only family member able to see her off was her aunt, who tested negative for the virus, according to Truc.
“No one was allowed to help the child get into the ambulance because she was positive for COVID-19,” Truc told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper late on Thursday night.
“I had tears in my eyes while taking the video.
"Fortunately, the girl was very tough and able to do everything on her own.”
According to the medical staff, the girl was calm during the entire trip to Trung Vuong Hospital.
Once at the hospital, medical staff allowed the girl to be isolated and treated with her grandmother.
Her health condition has been stable.
There have been several cases of young children in Ho Chi Minh City being infected with coronavirus, according to the municipal Center for Disease Control.
Trung Vuong Hospital is currently treating 38 children between one and 11 years old for COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health on Friday morning confirmed 91 new cases of COVID-19, including 12 imported cases and 57 local infections in Ho Chi Minh City, raising the national tally to 14,323 patients, with 5,759 recoveries and 72 deaths.