A baby less than two weeks old who is battling pneumonia has been stabbed in the head with a 12inch knife by another hospital patient.
The 11-day-old tot is fighting for his life after the shocking attack that left the blade stuck 11cm into his brain as he slept in a hospital ward with his mother close-by.
Frantic doctors in Vietnam performed a life-saving operation to remove the massive knife from his head.The horrific attack on the child, who has not yet been named, just missed his eye.
Mum, Vo Thi Hong Duyen, 32, described the moment she allegedly saw 51-year-old Nguyen Thi Van, who was sharing a room with the pair, attack her baby.
She claims she was woken at 3.40am by a noise in the room and saw a shadowy figure approach her bed, where she lay with her son…
“She jumped at me and we struggled and I heard a scream.”I saw my baby crying and looked to see the knife in his face full of blood.”When I started to cry, she ran away.”
Mum Duyen said she saw Thi Van stab her baby with a 30cm knife in the head before she was grabbed by hospital staff.
Doctors performed a three-hour operation to save his life.
Dr Dao Trung Hieu, deputy director of the hospital, said:
“Because of the dangerous location of the blade in the brain of the child, the new-born baby might have become paralysed, suffered respiratory failure, and even died when the knife was removed.The baby was stabbed in the left eye socket, through the right brain but the baby’s eyeball has been left unscathed.
“However, the most worrying problem postoperative period is the risk of bleeding and an infection recurrence in the brain.The baby boy was born on July 28 and was attacked 11 days later.”