A special report aired on VTV1 National News on 27 December 2023:
MALE ANNOUCER: Ladies and gentlemen, there are people in
their 30s, 40s—even people whose hair has turned gray—who have to learn simple
things from the beginning such as standing, walking, grabbing, holding. They are patients that are being treated at
the rehab unit of the Traditional Medicine Hospital of Da Nang.
IMAGES FROM LIFE TODAY
BICYCLE: At the beginning, when I first
came here, I had to be pushed in a wheelchair.
PATIENT: I had a stroke and I couldn’t
stand and walk.
MALE PATIENT: I was
admitted to the hospital with half of my body paralyzed.
PATIENT: I was so upset. I thought I would never stand and walk again.
BICYCLE: I came here, and then the staff
encouraged me and advised me to cheer up and do therapy.
PATIENT: My therapist helped me make
every single step at first and guided my arms.
MALE PATIENT: They
gave me hope.
THUY: Patients have to make their best
effort to recover. They have to do
therapy so that later they will be able to integrate back into society well. In the gym we have lots of mirrors. Mirrors help the patients see themselves so
that they can do their exercises more easily and more effectively.
PATIENT: I come here to do my therapy
every day. It has been almost 10 months
since I first came here.
MALE PATIENT: I have made lots of progress already.
PATIENT: I have recovered and I feel
MALE PATIENT: I’m so very happy!
PATIENT: I feel as if I have been
BICYCLE: I work hard at my therapy so
that I will be strong enough to go home to my children.
VIRGINIA LOCKETT, PT: My biggest wish for the patients and for their families is for them to be as comfortable and as functional as possible and to have meaningful lives.