In a small house in Tam Duong district of Vinh Phuc Province, Nguyen Thi Hong is passionately fond of writing with a pen in her mouth.
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Hong’s mother, Tran Thi Man, said that Hong was born normal like other babies but the more she grew, the more her limbs were contracted. The child was brought to many hospitals and herbalists, but doctors could not cure the disease. The poor family got poorer.
Their main food was rice mixed with cassava. Man’s fifth child died after being poisoned by cassava. Her husband died after that. Her eldest daughter named Van left family at the age of 14, to work to support her family. Letters were the means of communications between Van and her family.
Hong, who is paralytic, loved Van very much. She saved every dong to buy papers and stamps to write to her sister. At first, she asked others to write for her but after a while, she was afraid of disturbing them. Hong decided to practice writing.
For Hong, learning reading and particularly writing was very hard. It was difficult to keep a pen by mouth to write, but the girl could do that tough task after over a year.
At present, Hong cannot only write but also write poems and draw paintings with her mouth. She can also thread a needle and sew by her mouth.
The girl has a great passion for literature and that passion was aroused after a friend read a poem for her. The poem was like a story about Hong’s life. Since then, Hong has written poems. She wrote day and night, as if tomorrow will never come again. Every feeling was written out.
Thoa, a friend of Hong, said: “I did not like poems but one day when I went to see Hong, I saw her writing something. I was curious and asked her to let me read it. The more I read, the more I liked her poem. I could not imagine that my friend could write such a great and sensational poem.”
Hong has written nearly 400 poems and some of them were published on newspapers. She desires to print a collection of poems, but this is a dream because she receives social welfares of just VND500,000 ($25) a month, which is not enough for food and medicine.
Her biggest wish is saving money to tile her house’s yard so that her old mother could walk easily inside it.
Hong currently lives with her mother. Her sisters and brothers have had their own families.