A toddler from the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang died of hand-foot-mouth disease on January 4, marking the first HFMD fatality in the country this year.
Doctor Tran Van De, director of Can Tho Children’s Hospital, said Tuesday 21-month-old T.T.N.Q was transfered to the hospital on January 3 from Hau Giang provincial hospital in a critical condition caused by hand-foot-mouth disease.
The toddler first came down with high fever and was admitted to Hau Giang General Hospital on January 1, at which time doctors diagnosed her with HFMD.
The disease is considered highly dangerous as it can quickly yield fatal complications like respiratory decline, meningitis and heart muscle inflammation.
Q. later was sent to the Children’s Hospital in the neighbor city of Can Tho, where she spent 24 hours at the recuperation ward. However, her condition grew critical with her blood pressure continued rising so that she had been receiving respiratory support.
On January 4, Q.'s family asked to discharge her from hospital and she died on the way coming home.