29/07/2019 15:01 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Mom with cancer touches hearts nationwide

Nguyen Thi Lien, who suffers from end-stage breast cancer, chose to give up her treatment to give birth. After her son was born, Lien had to stay at the National Cancer Hospital and only saw her baby for the first time three weeks later. The first meeting between the 28-year-old mother and her little son was so touching that the staff at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology could not help shedding tears.
Lien was diagnosed with end-stage breast cancer in March when she was in her fifth month of pregnancy. Lien decided to delay her cancer treatment to maintain the fetal development while risking her own life.

Lien had to undergo surgery to have her baby taken prematurely because her condition became severe. The child was born on May 22 amid tears of happiness of his family, and was named Do Binh An, which means “peace.”

The mother was not able to see her son because of her poor health. She was treated at the National Cancer Hospital, while the infant stayed at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Doctor Tran Van Thuan, Director of the National Cancer Hospital, said Lien’s delivery was a miracle because she was so weak and went into coma at times. He once thought she would never see her son, but the meeting came like a dream.
 
National Cancer Hospital Director Tran Van Thuan gives Lien a check-up
before she leaves for the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Photo: Cong Dat
 
Doctors of the National Cancer Hospital conduct a consultation before moving Lien the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Photo: Cong Dat

Lien is accompanied by Doctor Tran Van Thuan
on the way to the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Photo: Cong Dat

 
Arriving at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Photo: Cong Dat

The image of the shivering mother with a shaven head holding her little baby who wriggled and cried in his mother’s arms touched the hearts of the staff at the hospital’s Newborn Care Center. They were as happy as Lien because her desire finally came true. 

Binh An in  his mother's arms for the first time. Photo: Cong Dat
 
Their fist meeting is so touching. Photo: Cong Dat
 
Binh An is getting better three weeks after his birth. Photo: Cong Dat

Lien and her husband are so moved seeing their little son. Photo: Cong Dat

Lien says good bye to her son with a promise "I will come back." Photo: Cong Dat
With a happy smile, the young mother returned to her hospital with a promise “I will come back, son.” 
 
By Cong Dat