Y Non is recovering from a rare skin disorder thanks to treatment at a national dermatology hospital in central Vietnam. Photo by Tam Ngoc
After two harrowing months in hospital, a little girl from Central Vietnam who nearly succumbed to a rare skin disorder can now walk and eat on her own
Nguyen Thi Thoi Loan, head of the emergency department at the Quy Hoa National Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital in the south central province of Binh Dinh, said: “Y Non is recovering very well. She has been able to walk around, attend to her personal hygiene and spoon feed herself.”
Loan said Non has also written, read poems and sung songs. “She’s been a very nice girl.”
The 11-year-old entered the hospital on February 21 drastically emaciated. Her skin was covered in ulcerated lesions and maggots. Her body temperature and blood pressure had dropped and her breath had slowed to 12 times a minute.
She was diagnosed with blood contamination, severe depletion and Lyell’s syndrome, which is a rare infantile skin and mucous membrane disease.
Her parents, members of the M'Nong ethnic group, sent her to a local hospital near their home in Kon Tum Province to treat her. Soon afterward, a fortune teller persuaded them that ghosts had possessed her and no cure could help.
Her parents then pulled her out of the hospital and left her in a tent in the jungle in late December.
At that point, her teachers asked officials to step in.
Loan said the recovery is a miracle, praising Non for her diligence.
“When we started to give her physical therapy, we thought it could take at least a month, but she can already walk after just ten days. Few people could accomplish that.”
Non said she wants to come back home. “I want to play with my sister and go to school again.”
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