Woman cured with aid from Thiện Tâm Fund

Having suffered from pelvic organs prolapse - colon for 15 years, Lê Thị Duyên was lucky to recover after a successful surgery.

After five days in the hospital, the burden of her disease was completely gone. She thought it was all a dream.

For about two months now, residents of Tiền Phong Hamlet, Hải Bình Commune (Tĩnh Gia District, Thanh Hóa Province), have been welcoming Duyên since her return after the surgery at Vinmec International Hospital Hạ Long (Quảng Ninh Province) in October 2017. The woman, who had spent all day at the fishing port or just cooped up in the house, with no interaction with anyone, has now changed completely, even looking younger than her age of 50. She talks about the good news that her home is going to have more grandchildren, when she meets her neighbours.

Duyên is happy and looks younger than her age of 50 after undergoing the surgery

In 2002, Duyen gave birth to her third child. She returned to work at the fishing port when her child was less than one month old. Two years later, she had signs of pelvic organs prolapse - colon. She did all kinds of things but the disease kept getting worse. Personal hygiene also became a fear because of the discomfort that made it difficult for her to go around, making it painful while urinating or during bowel movements. She could not share it with her family, as she has three sons. She had to face the disease on her own, and she was not able to work, which made her increasingly self-deprecating, afraid to communicate, and even depressed.

After visiting the doctor a few times, Duyên was advised to remove the pelvic organs prolapse – colon; however, due to economic difficulties and her husband’s death, she never dared to carry out the surgery. After being introduced to the charity programme of Thiện Tâm Fund (Vingroup), at the Vinmec International Hospital Hạ Long (Quảng Ninh Province), Duyên was checked by doctor Trần Thanh Hùng (Head of the Surgery Department). The results showed that she had prolapsed bladder level 3, second level of uterus prolapsed and level 1 of rectal abdomen prolapse. Doctor Hùng and his team performed the surgery on the patient.

"This is one of the worst cases of pelvic organs prolapse - colon we have ever encountered. We applied the method of lifting the bladder through the TOT vaginal mesh – to help make it painless for the patient, ensure a short hospital stay and a good recovery. This is also the first case of applying the TOT method in Quảng Ninh Province. After the surgery, Duyên was back to normal and got out of the hospital after five days,” Hùng added.

No matter what the disease, women should go for treatment in time, Duyên said

Returning after the surgery, Duyên dearly appreciates her health more than ever. "I have gained three kilos, with a healthy body and relaxed spirit. I have been suffering from this disease for 10 years, but after only a few days in the hospital, I have returned to normal as if I never had this disease before. If I had not been embarrassed or self-deprecating before, I would not have been so miserable for so many years. This is also my message to the unfortunate women who suffer from this disease. They should not feel bad to talk about the disease. They should get it treated in time so they can live a long and healthy life,” she said.

Duyên’s is one of the thousands of cases nationwide that has been supported by Thiện Tâm Fund (Vingroup) for successful treatment. Currently, Thiện Tâm Fund is continuing to support the cost of treatment for patients with cancer, those who need a cardiac transplant, stem cell transplant, urology surgery and orthopedic surgery - gastrointestinal intervention. Patients can find information about the program via the hotline number, 0934651926, or email: vctt@quythientam.com.

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Health, some 10-30 per cent of Vietnamese women suffer from pelvic organs prolapse - colon, most of them between 40 and 60 years of age. People at a high risk of infection include:

• Those who have undergone multiple births, premature birth, poor and improper technique of giving birth

• People with a history of prolonged labour, difficulty in giving birth

• Women who return to work too soon after giving birth; women who have to work hard, especially those who often have to work in standing and carrying positions.

However, very few women come to see the doctor because they are afraid to talk about the disease. Doctors advise women with abnormalities in the perineal area to get timely counselling and treatment.