Post-Op Updates on Dr. McKay McKinnon’s Vietnamese Patients
One who used to carry a nearly 90kg tumor, one whose face was covered by a tumor and one with thousands of tumors on her body are recovering well after their surgeries. All the three patients of Dr. McKay McKinnon are recovering well.
According to the France-Vietnam Hospital and Cho Ray Hospital, the three patients may be allowed to return home during the Tet holiday and return to the hospitals after Tet for further treatment. The 35-year-old Thach Thi Sa Ly will have the remaining part of bubble-like lumps that densely covered her body and face removed during the next surgery. Meanwhile, Kieu Thi My Dung, 22, will have her right ear shaped after having a tumor weighing more than two kilograms removed from her face, the hospital said.
Nguyen Duy Hai, 32, from Da Lat city, Lam Dong province, carried a tumor of 1.17m long and over 80kg in weight on his right leg for 10 years. Doctors said that Hai suffered from a rare genetic disease called von Reckling hausen, which affects one out of every 3,500 people worldwide.
During his time at the HCM City Oncology Hospital, waiting for a surgery, the tumor weighted up to 90kg. An American doctor - McKay McKinnon - was expected to lead a Vietnamese- American surgeon team with doctors from the HCM City Oncology Hospital to carry out the operation for Hai on November 18, 2011. However, the procedure was cancelled after the hospital discovered that Hai had a pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluid around the lungs, further weakening his health condition and making it too dangerous to perform the surgery.
On January 5, 2012, doctor McKinnon and his colleagues at the France-Vietnam Hospital in HCM City conducted a surgery to cut the tumor. The operation was successful after ten hours. The patient was expected to restore consciousness in 15 days but he actually regained his consciousness after just two days. He has been recovering quickly. Doctors are not sure whether the tumor will grow again but at present, Hai is very happy to escape from his 90kg tumor.
Thach Thi Sa Ly, 36, from the southern province of Soc Trang whose body was covered with thousands of pimples and Kieu Thi My Dung, 23, from Da Lat city whose face was covered by a big tumor are recovering very well after being recently operated on by American surgeon McKinnon to remove their tumors. In photo: Thach Thi Sa Ly
Both patients were diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (human genetic disorder). After removing Dung’s tumor on January 6, the 20-member surgical team led by Dr. McKinnon then used a part of the patient’s skull bone to recreate her right eye socket which was seriously damaged by the tumor. The team also repositioned her right cheekbone into a more symmetrical position with her left one and recreated the ciliary muscle of her right eye. Her right ear would be also recreated.
Sa Ly, who had plenty of bubble-like lumps covering her body from toe to face, is also recovering and could undergo more surgeries to remove the remaining tumors in the future.
Dr. McKinnon, with assistance from a team of doctors and nurses of Cho Ray Hospital, on January 7, removed a total of 10 kilos of lumps mostly from her forehead, chin, hands, buttocks and around her eyes. Ly’s surgery is the third consecutive operation that Dr. McKinnon performed in Vietnam.
Kieu Thi My Dung before the surgery
Kieu Thi My Dung intra-operatively under the knife of Dr. McKay McKinnon
Kieu Thi My Dung after the surgery
Kieu Thi My Dung after the surgery
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