Parents struggle to raise three seriously ill children
  • By Pham Oanh | | February 12, 2015 08:55 AM

Three children, two with cerebral palsy and one with heart disease, in Ha Nam Province desperately need help, their parents having tried everything and borrowed heavily to pay for their health care.

Cao Thi Thuy, her husband and their three children live in a small house in Van Lam 1 Village. The eldest daughter, Nguyen Thi Yen was born with congenital heart disease and underwent surgery shortly after birth. She required a second round of surgery when she was two, forcing Thuy to borrow from relatives and neighbours to pay medical bills of tens of millions of VND.

A second child, a son, Nguyen Van Tho, born five years later, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Yen and her brother 

The came a third, Nguyen Van Truong, who was also found to have cerebral palsy. "We didn't intend to have a third child, but I became pregnant," said Thuy. "We were careful and visited doctors frequently to ensure the child would be born healthy. We were so hopeful."

Tho, now 8, and Truong, 7, require constant attention.


Tho (left) and Truong have cerebral palsy 

"They love to listen to people talk to them and when they see pretty things, they ask to play with them," Thuy said. "I feel such pain whenever I look at them and can't give them more."

Thuy's husband, Nguyen Van Chung, works hard and several jobs and his days are long as he tries to make enough to care for his children, but the family often goes hungry because of the cost of the medicines the children need.

Tho and Truong are still kept in different cribs

The government gave the family VND7.2m several years ago, but that didn't last long and Thuy borrowed VND8m to build a modest house for her children. She could not afford concrete or much timber.


Thuy and her son

Nguyen Xuan Thuy, head of Van Lam 1 Village, said, "Chung and Thuy's family has been unable to escape poverty. The authorities can only help them so much. They still have many difficulties and need help from the community."

If you can help, please donate through:

1. Code 1695: Cao Thi Thuy and Nguyen Van Chung from Van Lam 1 Village, Liem Tiet Commune, Phu Ly City, Ha Nam Province.

Tel: 0163.648.1393 

2. Compassionate Hearts Charity Fund – Dan tri Newspaper (Hanoi).

No. 2/48 Giang Vo Str., Dong Da Dist., HanoiTel: 04. 3. 7366.491/ Fax: 04. 3. 7366.490.

- Vietnam Dong Account information at Vietcombank:
Account holder: Bao Khuyen hoc & Dan tri
Account number: 045 100 194 4487

- US Dollar Account information at Vietcombank:
Account holder: Bao Khuyen hoc & Dan tri
Account number: 045 137 195 6482

- Vietnam Dong Account information at Vietinbank:
Account holder: Bao Khuyen hoc & Dan tri
Account number: 10 201 0000 220 639
With Bank: Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade – Hoan Kiem Branch

- US Dollar Account information at MB Bank:
Account holder: Bao Khuyen hoc & Dan tri
Account number: 0721100357002
With Bank: MILITARY COMMERCIAL JOINT STOCK BANK - MCSB ( No.3, Lieu Giai str., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam)

3. Dantri/DTiNews' representative offices

Ha Tinh representative office: 46 Nguyen Cong Tru, Tan Giang Ward, Ha Tinh City. Tel: 039.3857.112
Da Nang representative office: 25 Nguyen TriPhuong, Thanh Khe Dist., Da Nang City. Tel: 0511.3653.725
Ho Chi MinhCity representative office: 39L Street 11, Ward 3, Binh Thanh Dist, Hochiminh City. Tel: 08. 66786. 885
Can Tho representative office:53/13 Ly Tu Trong, Ninh Kieu Dist., Can Tho City. Tel: 071.3.733.269

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