Woman needs help breathing

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Nguyen Thi Nhu from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue can't lie down, even when she's trying to sleep.

She has to sleep sitting up because any time she lies down she starts coughing.

Doctors at Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said she suffers from pulmonary fibrosis that has affected 90 percent of her lungs.

But they don't know what caused the condition and they said her condition was rapidly deteriorating.

The 28-year-old is now very pale and skinny, and has lost about 30 kilograms.

Her father Nguyen Dinh Lien said Nhu began to cough more than a year ago. Doctors at a local hospital diagnosed her with tuberculosis, but the medication they gave her only made things worse.

The family from Phuoc Yen Village, Quang Tho Commune, Quang Dien District sold all their rice stock for VND5 million (US$240) and borrowed from relatives and friends to bring her to Ho Chi Minh City in the hopes of seeing better doctors.

Their house is now empty as they have since sold almost everything they own to pay for examinations in the city.

Lien himself has bladder cancer but he said he has to care for his daughter first.

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