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Abandoned in a plastic bag left hanging on a tree, baby girl fights for her life at Mount Elizabeth Hospital

Baby Hoai An was abandoned in a tiny plastic bag that was left hanging on a tree just after her birth.

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A baby girl, who was abandoned in a tiny plastic bag that was left hanging on a tree just after her birth, miraculously survived and is fighting for her life at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Before she was rescued, baby Hoai An was not found for the first four days of her life and was left to the elements in Vietnam. During that excruciating period, the baby girl was food for insects and suffered a horrific maggot infestation that left gaping wounds on her tiny head.

Hearing the infants whimpering cries, a farmer working in the nearby fields rescued the infant. She was severely sunburnt and her skin was left numb, red and scaly from constant exposure to the harsh wind and sun. The farmer rushed the baby to a local hospital where doctors removed the wriggling maggots and cleaned her wounds.

Baby Hoai An was also diagnosed with Hydraencaphaly, an extremely rare condition of the central nervous system which affects less than 1 in 10,000 births. Symptoms of the disorder include an enlarged head, seizures, paralysis, blindness and fluid in the brain.

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Unable to handle such a complex case, the small hospital brought the baby to the attention of a generous Buddhist nun known for adopting and aiding several children. Venerable Minh Tai, the abbess of the Hue Quang monastery adopted baby Hoai An and raised enough funds to send Hoai An to Singapore for medical treatment.

Baby Hoai An has been at Mount Elizabeth Hospital for over a month now. Doctors need to perform surgery to save the baby’s life by inserting a shunt to drain excess fluid from her brain.

The infant is also on a medication called Minirin which is helping to control a hormone imbalance problem the baby is suffering from, causing her to produce excess urine which may lead to complications in the future if not treated.

GIVEAsia Kindness, Asia’s leading free fundraising platform, is raising funds to pay for Hoai An’s surgery and for her Minirin medication for the next 3 years.

GIVEAsia Kindness has verified the case, by meeting baby Hoai An in person and verifying her medical documents, and will manage the funds and pay it directly to the hospital to provide for Hoai An’s medical treatment.

GIVEAsia Kindness hopes to raise $165,000 for Hoai An’s medical needs. CLICK THIS LINK to give.

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