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Ho Chi Minh City hospital successfully treats Canadian man with 8-year paraplegia

Ho Chi Minh City hospital successfully treats Canadian man with 8-year paraplegia

Sunday, June 11, 2023, 17:52 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City hospital successfully treats Canadian man with 8-year paraplegia
Major General Tran Quoc Viet (R), director of Military Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City, visits and encourages C.D., a 45-year-old Canadian patient, when the latter begins undergoing the treatment for paraplegia at the hospital. Photo: Supplied by Military Hospital 175

Military Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City has successfully treated a 45-year-old Canadian man who was paralyzed in two legs for eight years as he met with three traffic accidents in Ottawa City between 2014 and 2019, the hospital said on Saturday.

The Canadian man, named C.D., faced traffic accidents in 2014, 2017, and 2019 in Ottawa and was unable to walk by himself for eight years.

However, a miracle happens to him after he received treatment at Military Hospital 175 for three months.

“You guys make my dream of walking normally come true. I think this really is a miracle," the patient said.

“My mom cried when she saw her son stand up and walk without help for the first time after eight years."

C.D. has been discharged from the hospital and has walked normally but he still receives the outpatient treatment, using the catgut embedding therapy in the hospital’s traditional medicine department every two weeks.

Earlier, C.D. had visited many hospitals in Canada and was told to undergo surgery but he refused.

He later opted for treatment using traditional medicine in Vietnam and chose Military Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City as the destination for his treatment after looking for information on the Internet.

He registered for an on-demand examination in the traditional medicine department on February 13 this year.

In the initial period, he had to use an electric wheelchair and special care services at the hospital as he had no caretaker.

The patient underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and subclinical tests before doctors decided to use traditional medicine and physical therapy on him.

The patient (L) shakes hands with Doctor Le Anh Dung, head of the Traditional Medicine Department of Military Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied by Military Hospital 175

The patient (L) shakes hands with Doctor Le Anh Dung, head of the traditional medicine department of Military Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied 

This is a complex case, Dr. Le Anh Dung, head of the traditional medicine department of Military Hospital 175, said, adding that the patient was diagnosed with paraplegia resulting from a spinal cord injury and multiple traumas caused by traffic accidents.

At the hospital, the patient underwent treatment using acupuncture and acupressure.

After each treatment course lasting 10-15 days, doctors of the traditional medicine department convened a consultation to evaluate the treatment progress and make necessary adjustments to the treatment regimen.

The patient also underwent daily physical therapy.

He managed to take his first steps with the assistance of mobility aids after two months of treatment. After three months, he was able to walk independently in his room.

“The case is a success beyond all expectations of doctors at Military Hospital 175. During the treatment process, the patient cooperated and believed in the doctors and our treatment methods,” Dr. Dung said.

As C.D. used foreign health insurance while his treatment costs were high, Dr. Ngo Quoc Hoan from Military Hospital 175's international department continuously helped the patient communicate with the Canadian medical team regarding the treatment progress and hospital fee payment procedures.

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