Vietnamese newborn survives after 11-cm stab through brain

By Vien An, Thanh Nien News

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The newborn is being treated at the HCMC Children's Hospital No.1. Photo: Vien An 
Ho Chi Minh City doctors saved the life of a newborn baby, who was stabbed 11 centimeters through his brain by a woman, after a three-hour surgery on Saturday.
The 11-day-old boy is under intensive care as his condition is unpredictable, according to doctors of the HCMC Children’s Hospital No.1, where the baby was transferred to from Vinh Long Province.
The boy was born in Vinh Long on July 28 but he was admitted to the provincial general hospital to treat his pneumonia four days ago. 
At around 3 a.m. on Saturday, the boy and his mother were sleeping in a room in the Vinh Long Province General Hospital when the mother named Vu Thi Hong Duyen saw a woman approaching her bed.
Duyen screamed for help as she thought the woman was a thief. The woman suddenly stabbed in the newborn’s head with a knife.
Duyen shouted and passed out as she was shocked.
Other people rushed to the site and arrested the woman.
The boy was transferred to the HCMC Children’s Hospital No.1 with the knife still in his head at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
An X-ray scan shows the knife had gone 11 centimeters from the newborn baby's forehead to his brain. Photo supplied by the HCMC Children's Hospital No. 1.
An X-ray scan showed the knife had gone11 centimeters from his forehead to his brain.
Doctors performed the surgery to open the boy’s skull and took the 28cm-long knife out.
They said the boy must be kept under close watch within 24 hours after the surgery as bleeding and infection may occur.
Vinh Long Province’s police said the woman who stabbed the boy was identified as Nguyen Thi Van, 51, of Ben Tre Province.
After she was arrested, she developed convulsions and attempted to commit suicide once. She was provided with medical treatment.
Police said doctors will test to see if she had mental problems.
The boy’s family said they did not know the woman and had no clue what her motive was.

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