Over the years, Hien and his mother took turns caring for the two patients like two children. They are no longer able to control themselves in all daily activities.
In the corner of the house, located in a small masterpiece on Tran Cao Van Street (Da Nang), the girl Nguyen Thi Xuan Thao is lying on a bed with an air mattress in the right corner. Thao’s eyes were dull, sometimes staring lifelessly into space and then closing; His mouth was tightly clenched, sometimes opening and spitting all over the bed.
Opening her phone, Ms. Le Thi Dong showed him the portrait photo on the college entrance examination form that year, tears welling up in her eyes. Short haired girl in beautiful white ao dai, bright face with gentle smile. It would be difficult to imagine that it was a barely alive girl lying there in an unconscious state.
The story takes place on a July afternoon seven years ago. At that time, Xuan Thao had just received news that he had been accepted into Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy. The girl was happy with the first great happiness of her life and asked her parents for permission to reward herself with a trip to her best friend’s hometown. Then a truck hit two teenage girls…
The friend accompanying him suffered four broken ribs, and Juan Thao was immediately transferred to the hospital with a preliminary diagnosis of brain death. A series of surgeries that lasted year after year saved his life, but Thao’s life was close to death as he remained in a vegetative state.
The beautiful dreams of a new student about to join medical school suddenly end after a blissful journey amidst sky-splitting pain for the entire family.
Unable to accept the harsh truth, Mr. Nguyễn Văn Anh (Thao’s father) constantly gets into trouble. After spending long sleepless nights mourning the fate of his daughter, the man suffered a stroke and brain hemorrhage. Returning from the hospital, Mr. Anh would sometimes wake up and be unconscious, unable to walk or stand.
As the breadwinner of the family, I now have to feed and diaper someone. Another person in the house is lying on the bed, the pain has more than doubled. Mother’s thin shoulders became heavy and she had to leave her job as a textile worker and stay at home to care for two seriously ill children.
Bearing the burden of providing food for the entire family
Feeling miserable, Fatherland Front officers helped him with a food cart and an electric stew pot.
Every day at 3 a.m., Mrs. Dong gets up and lights a fire in the kitchen to boil a pot of water for the breakfast restaurant she opens. The street is also small so not many customers come.
Every day she sells about 30 bowls, so she delivers them to her doorstep, trying to make enough for 50 bowls a day, enough for the market to take care of the day’s food for the entire family. . The hard work is less difficult when my youngest daughter helps.
In the afternoon, after finishing cleaning the breakfast restaurant, Mrs. Dong did not have time to rest, but rushed to help with the housework of an acquaintance who had made an appointment. The cleaning fee for each house is 120,000 VND. If you’re lucky, the homeowner will send you extra food or give you some food to take home. The housekeeper’s money was spent on Juan Thao and his father’s medicine and daily diaper expenses.
Counting from the time her husband and daughter fell ill and lay in one place, billions of dollars were spent on multiple surgeries and medicines. All the coins collected till now were gradually exhausted and gone. Sadly, the small house had fallen into disrepair over many rainy and sunny seasons, but whenever a storm came, the mother and child had to carry the two sick people to a neighbor’s house.
So Ms. Dong decided to borrow several hundred million from the bank to repair the house to survive the typhoon and repay it in 25 years.
During her three years of high school at Le Quy Don High School for the Gifted, Nguyen Thi Thu Hien always won scholarships for excellent students. That scholarship is not only a source of encouragement for school, but also helps Hien take care of his money for books and clothing. Feeling sorry for his family’s difficult circumstances, teachers gave Hien extra mathematics and chemistry lessons without charging tuition.
The little girl knew that it would be very expensive and would take longer if she chose to study medicine, so she decided to study well and win a scholarship to support her education and help with her mother’s expenses. She was even more determined. Two healthy people at home are trying together.
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