Vietnam woman suffering from rapid aging to be treated in Taiwan

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The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) has offered to take a 28-year-old Vietnamese woman suffering from an accelerated aging condition to Taiwan to receive medical treatment.

Earlier, China Medical University in Taiwan had offered its services to Nguyen Thi Ngoc Mai with medical treatments which are expected to last one month, beginning late March.

TAITRA helped broker the arrangment while Eva Airways has agreed to donate two return tickets for Mai and a relative. The Lai Yih Group will cover Mai's medical bills and other expenses.

Mai, who hails from Quang Nam Province's Hoi An Town, started aging exponentially when she turned 12. According to Nguyen Thi Mut, her 52-year-old mother, Mai first symptom was itchiness from rashes which had developed all over her body.

Her face swelled up, causing her classmates to shun her.

Her family brought her to many hospitals, and tried many modern and traditional medicines, but her condition only worsened.

Mai is one of the three children in her family and the only one to suffer from the rare ailment.

She got married at the age of 22; she and her husband have two children aged two and five who are both in good health.


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According to Dr. Tran Van Long, director of Hoan My Hospital in Da Nang, Mai does not have Mastocytosis, a rare disorder caused by the presence of too many mast cells.

He diagnosed Mai with chronic autoimmune urticaria, based on cell tests after consulating with doctors of endocrinology, hematology and ophthalmology.

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