This week I wanted to write about one of our diabetes patients, Vinh. Vinh is an amazing young boy, who is incredibly thoughtful and very hard working. I often say how much of a privilege it is to see how far these children have come and how far they’ll go.. and Vinh is definitely no exception!
Vinh is a thirteen year old boy who was diagnosed with diabetes when he was small, which means that he will have to receive medical treatment for the rest of his life. Vinh lives with his family in a small village in a poor district of the province which is around 80km away from Hanoi. His family lives in extreme poverty, although both of his parents are farmers, his father had to get a second job as a manual builder so that they can afford to the raise six people in the family (his mother, father, two aunties, younger sister and Vinh). Unfortunately, his sister also suffers from the same disease as him. They work very hard but it has become very difficult for them to maintain the family as well as pay for medical treatment for the children. Vinh’s parents had to borrow money from their relatives to be able to pay for their expenses. Thank to ACCV and our kind sponsors, Vinh and his sister are now supported by ACCV and the burden of medical cost is no longer.
Vinh is at secondary school now; his results at school are really good, which makes him one of the best students in the class. He is aware of his circumstance so that he always tries to do his best at school as well as at home so that his parents do not have to worry about him. At school, he always does his homework. At home, he doesn’t go out much, he spends time helping his mother to do the chores and sometimes with the farming too.
Vinh also likes sport, and he’ll normally play at school or right after finishing class. He likes playing football, badminton or sometimes jianzi ( also known as hacky sack) with friends during the breaks. Due to his health’s situation, Vinh can’t afford to do much sport, so Vinh is cautious about this as he doesn’t want to worry his parents. He is also very hard working; he often wakes up very early in the morning (4AM) to revise his old lessons. His dream is to become a doctor so that he can cure himself and other people from harsh diseases. When he was smaller, he was scared of needles, but after being told that in order to become a doctor, you must be brave and noy fear blood. Since then he no longer has any fear.
Vinh also has a love for the nature; he loves to go to the zoo. There is no zoo or forest where he is living, so anytime that he comes to Hanoi for the check up, he asks his father to take him there. It was the most exciting part of being in Hanoi for him! It is really touching to know about this small boy and his determination.
Alison, Rose & the ACCV team
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