A three-year-old boy is being treated at a hospital in southern Vietnam after a severe beating from his mother’s boyfriend ruptured his intestine and colon.
His family took the boy to a hospital in Binh Duong Province last Saturday with pain in his bruised belly.
Doctors performed a surgery to stitch up the ruptures and placed a tube for carrying out waste. The boy is now past the crisis.
The police have arrested the boyfriend who admitted to battering the boy.
Tran Thi Be, the boy’s maternal grandmother, who is taking care of him at the hospital, said her daughter left their home in Tien Giang Province a year ago and took him along.
She heard nothing from her 27-year-old daughter until she called recently to say she had to take the boy to hospital but did not have any money.
“Her boyfriend beat my grandson,” she said.
She said the beatings were regular and the boy has scars from a broken arm and head.
The boy’s father is also at the hospital after Be informed him.
He said his wife left after he slapped her for sending romantic text messages to another man.
“I had told her many times to stop the relationship.”
The woman delivered a child with the boyfriend a month ago.