Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital No.1 performed surgery on a three-year-old boy whose face was mauled by a pet dog at home.
Tran Truong Thinh of Cu Chi District was brought to the hospital Tuesday with 19 wounds on his face, Dr Nguyen Van Dau said.
The attack occurred at around 7 a.m. when the boy was waiting to be taken to school, his parents said.
Their pet dog suddenly pounced on him after he played with it with a flyswatter, they said.
Thinh was taken to Cu Chi General Hospital before being transferred to the pediatric facility in District 10.
Doctors said the four most severe wounds were on his lower lips, cheek and ear and it took two hours to put in a total of nearly 200 stitches.
He was also taken to the HCMC Pasteur Institute for vaccination.
The little patient has recovered well and can be discharged in the next days, doctors said.
Doctors warn constantly about children being bitten by dogs.
According to HCMC Preventive Health Center, at least 16,410 people in the city have been bitten by animals – mostly dogs and cats – in the first half of this year, with 3,621 victims being children.
It warned that families with young children should not raise dogs or cats, or at should least ensure a safe distance between the animals and their children.
If bitten by an animal, the victim’s injuries should be washed with soap and the victim should be vaccinated against rabies and tetanus. The animal’s health should be closely monitored for at least two weeks.