An explosion linked to a self-made firecracker has left one schoolboy dead and another severely injured in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region.
Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed on Saturday morning that it had received N.D.N., a 14-year-old patient with multiple injuries caused by a firecracker explosion from the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.
His eyes were badly injured, along with many wounds on his neck, face, and limbs.
The doctors said the cornea in his left eye was completely injured while the eyelids in the right eye were torn off.
The doctors performed an emergency operation to save the boy, after giving him first aid.
According to N. and his relatives, he and his two friends earlier bought materials to make a firecracker at home following instructions they found on the internet.
The firecracker then exploded and killed one of them at the site, while N. was rushed to a local hospital and then transferred to Cho Ray Hospital for emergency treatment.
Tran Phuoc Binh, an orthopedic doctor at Cho Ray Hospital, said that N. is being monitored at the hospital and may have to undergo two more operations.
Binh added that the hospital has received many patients with injuries caused by firecracker explosions after the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.
Parents were advised to keep a close watch on their kids whose natural curiosity may urge them to follow tutorial videos on the internet to make firecrackers.