Doctors’ panel tests woman who aged overnight

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Doctors’ panel tests woman who aged overnight

Nguyen Thi Phuong, 26, who seemed to physically age overnight after contracting an allergy, arrived at the Ho Chi Minh City University medical center yesterday for checks by 10 experts.

p1 26-year-old Nguyen Thi Phuong Photo: NLD



Phuong covered her face to avoid curious glances and went into a private room for the diagnosis.

A team of professors and doctors in endocrinology, dermatology, cardiology, and anatomy from the University Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy led by Dr Dang Van Phuoc, deputy director of the former, met with her for three hours.

Phuoc said he could not yet diagnose her condition and doctors had to wait for the results of further tests and agree on a course of treatment before making a public announcement.

Dr Hoang Van Minh the University Medical Center saw Phuong in her house in Ben Tre Province a week ago and said she had mastocytosis, a disorder caused by the presence of too many mast cells which bring a number of symptoms like skin lesions, diarrhea, abdominal discomforts and other infections.

Many people have called on the unfortunate woman to encourage her and wish her luck.

Many Samaritans have offered to pay for her treatment abroad if local doctors cannot cure her.

Phuong’s travails began in 2008 when she had an allergic reaction to eating seafood. When western medicines did not work, she switched to Chinese traditional medicine. But soon her body began to swell and cracks appeared on her hands, legs, underarms, and groin.

After a while her skin started to turn wrinkled and saggy, making the 23-year-old look like an old woman.

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Panel of doctors who will treat for Phuong

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