Tourist recovers from needlefish stab in Vietnam

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Kalina Oxana receives a bouquet of flowers from a representative of Khanh Hoa General Hospital where she went through an operation in which doctors removed 22 pieces of a needlefish's beak in her neck. Photo courtesy of Dan Tri
A Russian tourist who was partly paralyzed after a needlefish stabbed her in the neck in water off the resort town of Nha Trang has recovered well and was discharged from a local hospital on April 29.
Kalinia Oxana said she was "grateful" to doctors of Khanh Hoa General Hospital. 
"They were young but skilful. They saved me and took good care of me," she said.
Oxana, 44, was admitted to the hospital on April 13 with severe neck and spinal cord injuries. 
She had been stabbed by a needlefish while she was swimming in the waters off Hon Chong, an island off the resort beach town of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province.
After a seven-hour operation, doctors said they removed 22 pieces of the fish's beak, measuring between 0.475 and 3.5 millimeters in length, in her neck.
Oxana said she would return to Vietnam and Nha Trang in particular "because I have an unforgettable experience here.”
According to Khanh Hoa General Hospital, doctors here last December also saved the life of a local fisherman whose throat had been pierced by a needlefish while he was fishing at sea.

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