A pregnant woman in the southern province of Binh Phuoc lost her eyesight allegedly after a Vietnam War-era ordnance exploded on the Lunar New Year’s Eve earlier this month, local media reported Wednesday.
Truong Thi Binh, 25, of Bu Gia Map District is being treated at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
On the evening of February 7, the Lunar New Year’s Eve, Binh was reportedly burning a pile of trash in front of her house when the explosion occurred, Tien Phong reported. She was seven months pregnant.
She was rushed to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City with two severely damaged eyes. In the evening, doctors performed a procedure to remove her left eye.
Doctors then performed a C-section to save the baby, who is now in an incubator.
Both are in stable condition, doctors said.
Tran Thi Nam, Binh’s mother-in-law, said their house is located in an area which was a former battlefield in the Vietnam War and locals usually found unexploded ordnance (UXOs) while doing farm work.