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Daegu’s healthcare-sharing gives hope to the Vietnamese

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Daegu City said it has launched a global “Sharing Healthcare Project” community initiative, jointly with the Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center and Hyosung Hospital, to provide free treatment and cultural programs to adolescent Vietnamese patients.

It added that the recipients are children born with a cleft lip or those with uterine-related illnesses, including cancer, who feel that they have no hope in life.

Nguyen Tran Minh Anh, a Vietnamese child, who turned five this year, was one of the recipients of cleft-lip surgery at the Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center on Dec. 8. In addition to facing difficulties at school, the child had undergone two surgeries in a hospital in Vietnam but to no avail. The low success rate had also made local doctors reluctant to perform further surgeries.

On Dec. 9, Le Thi Luyen received surgery for a uterine-related illness at Hyosung Hospital. Weighed down by lost hope and despair from the lack of solutions in Vietnam, Le Thi Luyen was lucky to undergo a successful surgery, thanks to a direct request for help made by a hospital in Vietnam.

These latest medical treatment-sharing projects have garnered great interest in Vietnam, which prompted Hanoi TV reporters to cover the stories and the chairman of the Hanoi Broadcasting and Communications Association, along with his entourage, to directly take part in the coverage.

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