VietNamNet Bridge – 26-year-old Nguyen Thi Phuong, who mysteriously turned as old as an 80-year-old, has been discharged from the University Medical Center in HCMC after 2 months of treatment.
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Dr. Dang Van Phuoc, the center’s deputy director, said the medical therapy had erased 30 percent of her itchy wrinkled skin and made her look a bit younger.
| Phuong before (the small photo) and after the treatment. (Photo: Tuoi Tre) |
Phuoc said she would be treated at home in another 2 months to help stabilize the condition.
Afterwards, the center will consult with leading experts to determine what plastic surgery should be done to remove the deep wrinkles on her face.
Dr. Hoang Van Minh also from the center who initially diagnosed Phuong with mastocytosis, a disorder caused by the presence of too many mast cells, told Tuoi Tre that Japan’s Fuji Television Station had filmed Phuong at the center for its “Mysterious Medical Cases” program.
Another Japanese TV station also came to shoot a film of her because the Japanese public has a special interest in her rare condition.
Phuong said she was very happy to be discharged and would be back to her hometown in Ben Tre and take medicine at doctors’ request.
According to the result of a skin biopsy conducted by medical experts at Baylor University in Texas, Phuong suffered from Mastocytosis and Acquired Cutis Laxa.
Phuong’s condition is very rare since she is the only second patient among 7 billion people in the world to have been diagnosed with these diseases, Dr. Minh said.
Phuong, who had grabbed headlines at home and abroad because of her strange condition, said red rashes “suddenly” appeared on her face “for no reason” 4 years ago.
Her face became itchy and later turned wrinkled.
She has always thought her problem isn’t just some simple food allergy.