Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital No.1 have performed a three-hour procedure on an eight-year-old girl whose face was mauled by a pet dog.
Doctors used up to 7.5 meters of thread to suture the wounds on October 27, doctor Nguyen Minh Hang said.
Earlier, the patient, identified only as K, was admitted to the hospital with deep wounds in her face, including one that revealed her jaw bone.
“It took an hour for three nurses to clean the 15 wounds to prepare for the procedure,” Hang said.
K’s relatives said she was bitten by a dog at home while caressing the pet.
The 20-kilogram dog had been attacked by another dog earlier and K might have touched its wound, they said.
Doctor Nguyen Van Dau said little patient has recovered and is being monitored for infection.
Earlier on October 6, doctors at the hospital also treated a three-year-old boy in HCMC’s Cu Chi District who was bitten by a pet dog while playing with it with a fly swatter.
The boy got nearly 200 stitches.
At least 16,410 people in Ho Chi Minh City, including 3,621 children, were bitten by animals – mostly dogs and cats – in the first half of this year, according to the HCMC Preventive Health Center.