A man stabbed in the eye with a sword was saved by doctors in the central city of Hue Wednesday.
Bui Ngoc Tuan, 23, was transferred from the central province of Quang Binh to Hue Central Hospital early that morning with a 50-centimeter long blade penetrating his left eyesocket to a depth of ten centimeters, the Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Pham Nhu Hiep, vice director of the hospital as saying.
The sword was removed after an hour-long operation, newswire Dan Tri reported.
The blade had missed his eye and did not cause brain damage, according to the report.
Tuan regained consciousness later that day and is recovering fine, Tuoi Tre said.
Tuoi Tre reported that at around 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Tuan, a student from Hanoi University of Business and Technology, and his friends had an argument with a taxi driver about payment while they traveled through the town of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh
About 30 minutes after the argument, the taxi driver and a group of young people attacked Tuan and his friends with swords, clubs and knives. A young man then stabbed Tuan with the long blade.
The identities of the attackers remains unknown and police have not announced whether or not they will investigate the case further.