Doctors save man stabbed in heart

Doctors of the General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi District have saved a man who was stabbed in the heart.

Patient Dang Cong De, 25, was transferred from Go Dau Hospital in the southern province of Tay Ninh to the General Hospital in Cu Chi District with a heart wound. He was in half unconscious condition and his blood pressure was dropped.

Surgeons decided to operate his heart. They took 1,200 ml blood from the patient’s chest cavity and found out that the swollen outer layer of the heart wall compressed the heart.

When surgeons cut the swollen outer layer of the heart wall to remove the clot of blood, they discovered that he was stabbed in the left ventricle (which pumps blood to the body). A violent bleeding appeared in the 2-meter wound in the left ventricle. Surgeons patched the wound up and put a drain from pleural cavity.

The man could breathe well after 48 hours. Doctors said he is a lucky man as wound in heart is fatal and most of victims died before being taken to a medical clinic.

By Truong Ngoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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