Thursday, July 21, 2011

Da Lat tumor patient admitted to HCMC hospital

Nguyen Duy Hai and his mother. (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
Hai had been transferred from Hoan My Hospital in Da Lat where he stayed for more than 1 week to Hoan My Hospital 2 in HCMC for preliminary examinations. Le Duc Tho, Director of Hoan My 2, said his cardiac and respiratory tests yielded normal results.
Le Hoang Minh, Director of HCMC Tumor Hospital, said Hai would have to go through comprehensive tests at the hospital before the doctors can reach a final decision about an appropriate treatment method.
Minh said his hospital would also consult foreign experts about Hai’s case.
For the past 4 years, Hai has been unable to move and had to endure persistent pain as the tumor on his right leg, which was amputated at Lam Dong General Hospital 14 years ago, has kept growing.
The tumor, which weighed over 25 kg at the time of the amputation, now weighs 80 kg and is 107 cm long, 90 cm wide and 20 cm thick.
Last month, a team of doctors from HCMC Tumor Hospital led by Doctor Minh visited and examined Hai’s condition at his house in Da Lat.
According to the doctors, Hai is suffering from a rare genetic disease called von Reckling hausen which affects one out of every 3,500 people worldwide.
This is a form of genetic disorder in which the nervous tissues grow tumors, the doctors said.

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