Nguyen Duy Hai, who used to bear the massive weight of a 82-kilogram tumor on his body for years, has been fully recovered from the last January operation and will be discharged from FV Hospital tomorrow (April 10), Dr. Gerard Desvignes, the hospital's medical director, told a press conference on Monday.
FVH will transport Hai to Da Lat central highlands city, his hometown, by an ambulance on April 10 morning.
Due to a comprehensive care and sufficient nutrition at FV Hospital, Hai has gained 9 kilos in three months and is able to walk on his remaining leg a distance of 20 meters with a zimmer.
According to a FVH statement, around 215 news pieces and articles were published on Mr. Hai’s special surgery by over 50 press agencies around the world, from the EU and US to Australia and Africa.
FVH said the cost of Mr. Hai’s treatment, including surgery and post-operative care, totaled nearly VND 900,000,000, of which VND252,000,000 was jointly covered by the Red Cross of Da Lat City and other sponsors, and FVH financed the difference.
Hai is now healthy enough to take care of himself and is ready to live a new life.
However, Gerard Desvignes told local press that he was not sure whether or not the tumor recurs in the area in which it was removed although Dr. McKinnon entirely removed it since Hai has been diagnosed with Von Recklinghausen's neurofibromatosis, a hereditary disease.
At the press conference, Hai expressed his deep gratitude to Dr. McKay McKinnon, FVH and other hospitals who have involved in his case. He also extended heartfelt thanks to other sponsors and philanthropists who have been supporting him financially and emotionally before and after the surgery.
“When I return home, I would register for a vocational course in my hometown to study how to repair cell phones to earn a living,” Hai told local press about his future plan for the post-tumor life.
FHV has called on philanthropists to sponsor Hai a prosthetic leg so that he is able to return to a normal life as soon as possible.