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Vietnam doctors reattach severed hand of 18-month-old

Vietnam doctors reattach severed hand of 18-month-old

Sunday, October 01, 2023, 12:02 GMT+7
Vietnam doctors reattach severed hand of 18-month-old
Doctors reattach a severed hand of an 18-month-old baby at Thai Nguyen National General Hospital in Thai Nguyen Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: Supplied by Thai Nguyen National General Hospital

Doctors at Thai Nguyen National General Hospital in the namesake northern Vietnamese province has successfully carried out a surgical reattachment of a hand that was cut off from an 18-month-old baby’s body, the hospital announced on Saturday.

The hospital received N.M.A., residing in Phu Binh District, Thai Nguyen Province, on Friday with his right hand severed by an ice cutting machine at his family’s ice factory.

Doctors at the hospital immediately held a consultation and performed the surgical replantation to reattach his severed hand.

The case is rare and required doctors’ experience in microsurgery, said doctor Nguyen Thanh Tung, head of the department of plastic and esthetic surgery at Thai Nguyen National General Hospital, who directly performed the complex medical operation.

The patient is only 18 months old, while his hand was completely severed with all tendons, carpal bones, and neurovascular bundles chopped off.

As a result, surgical phases were complicated, the doctor added.

After five hours, doctors successfully reconstructed the baby’s hand.

The patient was conscious and able to drink milk and communicate the next day.  

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Thanh Ha - Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre News


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