This is just awful.
A baby not even a fortnight old was in hospital in Vietnam, recovering from pneumonia, when it ended up being stabbed in the head.
Doctors performed an emergency operation to remove the blade that was 11cm deep into the head of the baby.
Mum, Vo Thi Hong Duyen, 32 described the incident, allegedly involving 51 year old Nguyen Thi Van, who was sharing a room with the pair.
She says that at 3.40am she was woken up by a noise in the room, and she saw the ‘shadowy figure’ moving towards her bed.
Duyen says that she saw the Thi Van stab her baby in the head with a 12 inch blade, before hospital staff grabbed her.
She jumped at me and we struggled and I heard a scream.
I saw my baby crying and looked to see the knife in his face full of blood.
When I started to cry, she ran away.
The baby was moved to a children’s hospital, and a 3 hour emergency operation to remove the blade took place.
Dr Dao Trung Hieu, deputy director of the hospital, said:
Because of the dangerous location of the blade in the brain of the child, the new-born baby might have become paralysed, suffered respiratory failure, and even died when the knife was removed.
The baby was stabbed in the left eye socket, through the right brain but the baby’s eyeball has been left unscathed.
However, the most worrying problem postoperative period is the risk of bleeding and an infection recurrence in the brain.
The baby boy was born on July 28 and was attacked 11 days later.
Police are investigating the incident.
Hopefully the baby makes a full recovery.