After being born, Phat suffered from vitreous disease, congenital heart disease, etc. Because of his weak health, Phat had to go to the hospital every week for a check-up, from heart to eye. Phat’s mother, Ms. Tran Thi Cam Hanh (42 years old) confided: “After giving birth to Phat, Children’s Hospital 2 and Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital became familiar with mother and daughter …”.
Ms. Hanh lives at 21/5A26 Binh Dang hamlet, Binh Hoa commune, Thuan An district, Binh Duong province, making a living by selling breakfast to workers near the inn. Her husband is Nguyen Linh Nhat (36 years old), a bricklayer. In addition to Phat, Hanh and her husband also have a son born in 2007, who now has to leave school to help his mother with a business and a 5-year-old son.
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Hanh’s family became more difficult since Phat was born, because she had to often stop selling to take her child to a doctor, and there were more travel and medical expenses for Phat. However, Phat’s health was getting weaker and weaker and nearly 3 weeks ago, Phat had a very high fever and convulsions. When Phat’s family brought Phat to Children’s Hospital 2, doctors discovered that he had acute myeloid leukemia, requiring long-term monitoring and treatment. Phat is currently being monitored and treated at the Department of Hematology Oncology, Children’s Hospital 2, Ho Chi Minh City.
Since Phat was hospitalized, Hanh and her husband had to put aside work to take turns taking care of their children. The two older children rely on their aunt to take care of them. Ms. Hanh said that the treatment cost for Phat so far is 17 million dong. “For me and my wife, this amount is very large. However, we still try to borrow money to treat our children. The most worried is that in the coming time, when it comes to chemotherapy, we will have to buy drugs outside the insurance list, then my husband and I don’t know how to handle it,” worried Ms. Hanh.
I hope readers will open their hearts and help Hanh’s family have more money to be able to give long-term treatment to Phat.