A baby boy miraculously survived and recovered after a truck ran over his mother, claimed his right leg and forced him from her womb, VnExpress reported.
On Monday, Nguyen Quoc Huy smiled for the first time at the doctors and nurses at Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital 1 who disconnected him from a ventilator.
On October 25, his father, Nguyen Van Nam, 32, of An Giang Province was driving his mother Nguyen Thi Kim Ngoc, 27, to hospital to deliver Huy.
While driving down National Highway 91 in An Giang’s Long Xuyen Town, their bike was hit by a truck traveling behind them -- throwing the couple down onto the road.
Eyewitnesses claim the wheels of the truck crushed Ngoc, killing her on the spot, and forcing Huy from her womb.
Huy and his father both lost portions their legs in the accident.
A conscientious motorist stopped on the road, gathered up Huy and carried him to a nearby hospital. Another Good Samaritan picked up Huy's severed right leg and put it on ice -- following the first person all the way to the hospital.
Nam was also taken to hospital with a broken leg.
However, Huy arrived in critical condition and was transferred to Ho CHi Minh City's Children’s Hospital No. 1.
Pham Thi Thanh Tam, the acting chief of the hospital’s Infant Resuscitation Faculty, says she remains shaken from the events of that fateful day.
“The image of the baby, pale and comatose from blood loss with a severed leg soaking in ice, still haunts me,” she said.
As soon as the baby was rushed to the emergency room, the hospital went into “red alert mode."
Every doctor on staff showed up to treat Huy, including those who had the day off.
Much to their disappointment, the doctors could not re-attach the baby's severed leg since it was badly damaged.
A nurse bottle feeds the baby boy
More than 20 doctors participated in the delicate surgery that closed his severe wounds and saved his life.
Six days later, the baby was able to breathe without the help of a ventilator.
Now he can be bottle fed, eight times a day.
Dr. Tam said the boy's recovery is nothing short of a miracle.
“Although we still have to keep a close out for a possible infection, we can safely say that Huy's no longer in mortal danger,” she said.
A team of 18 doctors and nurses cared for Huy, every day. All his medical fees are being covered by the Ho Chi Minh City Social Insurance Department.
His father, who is being treated at Cho Ray Hospital in HCMC, has yet to meet his son.
He also had a third of his leg amputated.
Huy has a six-year-old sister.
Do Cong Vu, the 39-year-old truck driver was arrested three days after the accident and has been detained for four months pending the results of a police investigation.
Video credit: VnExpress
English subtitle: Thanh Nien News