Last night, for the fifth time, I was honored to receive a Certificate of Merit from the Peoples' Committee of Da Nang. It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked for the past 16 years to improve the quality of rehabilitation provided at the public hospitals of Da Nang for patients with neurological problems.
Kính gửi bà Virginia Mary Lockett!
I am writing to you on the 52nd day of my inpatient with the Traditional medicine hospital, 69 days from the day got the stroke.
I didn't hear about you from the news in Vietnam but from another physio therapist living in Manchester - UK who is the son of one of my best friends from high school. When I first got stroke, he tried to reach out to see if I needed any help and through him, I got to know about you and your devotion & contribution for the lives of so many patients in Vietnam. Since then, I have had a chance to get to know you and other therapists in this department and have been well taken care of, physically and mentally.
I still remember my first day at this hospital....you did a thorough check up on me and laid out the best approach given my condition. I can't say enough how much I appreciate your work ethic and the love you give to this place. It is not only just your technical skills but also how you care about our mental status has helped us a lot in making good progress. Your eyes, smiles, facial expression and body language have swept away the language barrier to give us real motivation. It feels like you can feel our pain & frustration. You are always there, everyday, at your seat, watching out for us, for every patients....
It has been a month and a half, I can feel I am making good progress, enough to reinforce my belief in a day that I can walk again. Every morning, my wife takes me for a 'walk' in the garden to get some fresh air...and you were there on your motorbike waving at me...it caught me by surprise that you still recognized me among thousands of patients. I guess you know us all - your patients. I guess that is love - to your work and the people here.
I have spent 2 full sessions with you to learn how to walk across, walking up & down the stairs and you really made me more relaxed, reinforced my belief in recovery and lifted up my spirit. Still remember the first day coming here, my friend had to lift me up from the car to the wheelchair, now I am able to walk with the cane & some assistance.
I can now see the day I can really walk out of the hospital on my own legs and wave at you with my both hands (only one working now ) to thank all of you. If allowed, I would love to give all of you a big hug for what you have done for me, especially Virginia, who have seeded in me the belief on a brighter day, just like what you have done to so many patients. I commit to be a good part of your program 'Nỗ lực để trở về', back to a beautiful life outside of the hospital walls.
When I was still working, I had tried to work hard to build a good corporate culture for my company. I see and really appreciate what Mr Anh and everyone have achieved here: clean and green environment, efficient management, friendly and warm manner from all doctors, nurses and even staffs. I haven't seen this in any other hospitals I've been.
Dear Virginia, allow me to say I think you chose the right place to devote your mission in life, a place where your can help your patients in a healthy, wholehearted environment like the Traditional Medicine hospital. Words have a limit to say how grateful I am to what I have received from all of you. I hope to still keep contact with you so that I can learn from you, not just as a patient, but as a person - to live a fullest life and be a good person. I wish you all the happiness and good health to continue your journey to help out with the healthcare environment in our country. I believe kindness has a superpower!
Patient Ho Van Chinh
Da Nang, 20/10/2022.
On Vietnamese Doctors' Day, in recognition of my years of volunteer work at the Traditional Medicine Hospital of Đà Nẵng, I was presented with a bronze portrait sculpture created by the artist Phạm Văn Hạng. Phạm Văn Hạng is well known as the designer of the famous Dragon Bridge of Đà Nẵng.