Nine-year-old boy with serious diseases

Thursday, 30/09/2021, 20:39 [GMT+7]

Nine-year-old boy with serious diseases

Nguyen Tan Dat (born in 2012), a 4th grader at Vinh Hoa 2 Primary School (Vinh Hoa Ward, Nha Trang City) has suffered nephrotic syndrome and blood clotting disorder for nearly one year. Managing to afford the treatment fees has put their family into wretched circumstances.
 
Dat lives with his mother, Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh (born in 1979) in a small rent house in Nguyen Chich Street (Nha Trang City). Reportedly, last November, Dat’s eyes and face swelled, and he was taken to Khanh Hoa General Hospital. Through the test results, the doctor diagnosed Dat with nephrotic syndrome, blood clotting disorder, gastritis, fatty liver that needs to be treated promptly to avoid complications. Since then, Dat has hospitalized three times. Her mother also took him to Children’s Hospital 2 (Ho Chi Minh City). However, due to the complicated development COVID-19 pandemic, Dat's treatment has been interrupted; he has been self-treated at home according to the doctor's prescription.
 
 
Dat’s body is swelling due to nephrotic syndrome
Dat’s body is swelling due to nephrotic syndrome
 
Dat’s father left home when Dat was six years old. His mother has raised Dat and his elder brother on her own. Thanh works as a small traders selling fruit at Ba Lang Market, earning around VND200 thousand per day. The money is just enough to cover house rent, electricity and water bills, and school fees of her two sons while Dat’s diseases require long treatments.
 
Thanh's eldest son, Nguyen Tan Phat (born in 2002), is a second-year student at Ho Chi Minh City Technical and Economic College. In order to help his mother, Phat has worked part-time as tutor and waiter. However, social distancing rules imposed by Ho Chi Minh City and Khanh Hoa Province for many recent months due to the fourth wave of COVID-19 outbreak have seriously affected the work of Phat and his mother. The family’s bank loan of VND26 million borrowed three years ago is overdue, but Thanh cannot pay it off.
 
Some people have offered more than VND10 million to help Dat’s family. Besides, the locality gave Thanh VND1.5 million as financial support for laborers affected by COVID-19. Thanh has used the money to buy medicine, pay house rent, electricity and water bills, buy food, pay school fee and dormitory fee for Phat, etc. However, the pandemic is still complicated; therefore, Thanh cannot work to earn money. Meanwhile, Dat’s diseases are getting worse; he is even at increased risk of developing diabetes.
 
Thanh hopes that benefactors can offer support to help Dat to be treated and continue his studying. People who want to help Nguyen Tan Dat can contact Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh (tel: 0359407643) or Khanh Hoa Newspaper office (tel: 0258.3822019) at 77 Yersin St., Nha Trang City. Support can also be sent to Khanh Hoa Newspaper’s bank account at Vietcombank Nha Trang (account number 0581000765262).
 
 
B.K.H
Translated by H.N