A newborn baby, who was stabbed 11 centimeters through his brain by a stranger in a hospital, is recovering well after his surgery 10 days ago.
Duong Minh Phat, 21 days old, now can be bottle-fed, breathe without support and move his limbs.
Doctors at Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital 1 called the recovery “miraculous” and “beyond expectation.”
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.
Van was arrested after the attack. She is being detained for investigations 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.
A 2-cm blood clot remains in the baby’s brain but the clot will not block the brain or develop further, according to doctors.
If his health condition continues to improve, the baby can be discharged one week later, they said.