11-year-old girl wounded in wartime shell blast

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Y Minh, 11, receiving treatment at a local hospital in Quang Binh province after a wartime shrapnel shell suddenly explodes, severely injuring her. Photo courtesy by the hospital. Y Minh, 11, receiving treatment at a local hospital in Quang Binh province after a wartime shrapnel shell suddenly explodes, severely injuring her. Photo courtesy by the hospital.

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An 11-year-old girl seriously injured in an explosion believed to be caused by a Vietnam War-time ordnance on Sunday is now in stable condition, doctors said.
Local farmers said they heard a bang on Sunday afternoon and found the girl, Y Minh, lying on a field in Quang Binh Province, central Vietnam, suffering numerous wounds in her body. 
She was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors said the shrapnel hit her chest and punctured one of her lungs, causing a severe pulmonary edema.
Doctors said they have performed surgery to remove the shrapnel from her body.
Minh said she found a "metal ball" in the field, and when she threw it away the ball went off.
A report by the Red Cross branch in Quang Binh said all 159 communes in the province are contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO), which caused 49 deaths and injured 115 people between 2004 and 2014.

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