10-month-old girl recovers after metal piece impales brain

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Surgeons at the Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said Friday that a 10-month-old girl, who had a long piece of metal pierce her brain last month, has been discharged from the hospital.

Tran Ngoc Yen Nhi from the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre has recovered and is in good health, they said.

On August 19, Nhi was being carried by her father in the front yard of their house when a piece of iron flew from a lawnmower being used by a neighbor next door and pierced her forehead. The piece went all the way to the brain, doctors found.

Nhi was rushed to a local hospital first and later transferred to Cho Ray, where doctors surgically removed the piece of iron. It had hurt the infant's cerebral cortex and brain tissues, they found.

"It was a severe and extremely dangerous brain injury," said Dr Nguyen Kim Chung.

After the surgery, Nhi underwent intensive treatment to help her recover. Doctors said her brain's functions would not be affected by the accident because it has just started to develop.

Although she has been discharged from the hospital, Nhi will still be examined periodically at Cho Ray.

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