Vietnamese baby released from hospital after miracle recovery from stab attack

By Vien An, Thanh Nien News

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Duong Minh Phat in the arms of a doctor at the HCMC Children's Hospital No. 1 on Thursday morning. Photo: Doc Lap
A newborn baby, who was stabbed 11 centimeters through his brain by a stranger, was discharged from a Ho Chi Minh City hospital on Thursday morning.
Duong Minh Phat, now one-month old, is in stable condition and is just as healthy as other babies, according to the HCMC Children’s Hospital No. 1.
The boy’s wound has healed. No infections or convulsions have been reported.
He can be breastfed and his weight increased from 3.5 kilograms to 3.7 kilograms over the past three weeks. A 2-cm blood clot in his brain has become smaller. 
At around 3 a.m. on August 8, Nguyen Thi Van, 51, a native of Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta, allegedly stabbed the boy in the head with a knife at a hospital in neighboring Vinh Long Province.
The woman previously came to the hospital and allegedly told people that she was in a charity mission.
She then asked Vo Thi Hong Duyen, whose 11-day-old son Phat was being treated at the hospital for pneumonia, to allow her to spend the night on a bed next to the mother’s.
The boy's parents rejoice in his recovery. Photo: Doc Lap
Van was arrested after the attack. She is being detained for investigation and is suspected of being mentally ill.
The baby was transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital No.1, with the knife still in his head at around 6:30 a.m. on August 8.
An X-ray scan showed the knife had gone 11 centimeters from the newborn baby's forehead to his brain.
Doctors performed a three-hour procedure to open the boy’s skull and successfully took the 28-cm-long knife out.
They said there were no complications after the surgery, calling his recovery a "miracle." 
Doctors said they will continue to monitor his health and development for three years. 

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