That is the plight of poor student Nguyen Van Thanh, grade 9/3 Le Hong Phong Secondary School, Tam Ky City, Quang Nam. Thanh is the first son of husband and wife Nguyen Van Quan (44 years old) and Nguyen Thi Phan (37 years old). Under Thanh also has a 12 year old brother.
Married in 2008, Quan and his wife packed their bags and returned to their hometown in Hai Phong to look for work. However, the job was precarious, in 2013, they decided to return to Quang Nam to look for new opportunities in the hope that their family’s life would be less difficult.
Mr. Quan was accepted to work as a service driver for a company in Tam Ky city, and Ms. Phan worked as a salesperson at a dairy company. Life went on like that until disaster struck in April 2020, when Nguyen Van Thanh’s grandson began to develop fevers that didn’t stop. He and his wife then took their son to Da Nang Obstetrics – Pediatrics Hospital for examination. “After doing all the tests, I froze when the doctor informed me that she had a terrible disease, which is systemic lupus erythematosus, which damages the skin and joints,” recalled Mrs. Phan.
Since her son’s illness, the life of Mrs. Phan’s family, which was already difficult, is now even more difficult. She had to quit her job to stay home and take care of her children. No longer able to manage, the brothers and sisters had to check out the motel room, go back to their grandparents’ house to ask for help. “On average, every month, I have to go to the hospital for treatment for about 7 days to prevent the virus from growing in my body. Because, if the virus recurs but I haven’t been on medication, I will have symptoms of fever, headaches, and headaches. On average, my wife and I have to spend up to 35 million VND each month to take care of our children’s medicine. Now that the disease has damaged the kidneys and liver, the hospital stay will be longer, while my husband and I do not know how to borrow money. Where did you borrow it?” said Mrs. Phan in tears.
In addition to the fixed amount of VND 35 million monthly, every day, this student also has to spend an additional VND 200,000 on medicine. Thus, the monthly medical expenses that my parents have to take care of me are up to 41 million VND. The red book of the level 4 house of the grandparents was also borrowed by their parents to pledge to the bank to borrow more than 200 million VND to save the grandchild. However, this money was only enough to last a short time, ran out of money, and Phan and her husband borrowed everywhere. “Looking at my child every day being tortured by a terrible disease, the fate of being a parent when seeing that scene is extremely painful. But because there is no money to save my husband and I are helpless and can only hug the child and cry. I wish I myself can bear that disease for my child,” said Mrs. Phan with tears in her eyes.
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