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Engineer proves miracles exist in epic marathon

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Dinh Nam Binh conquered 21 km during a marathon last summer despite doctors informing him of a 2 percent chance of living two years ago.

Among thousands of 21 km participants of VnExpress Marathon (VM) Quy Nhon 2020 in the south central beach town in late July, Binh’s result did not reach the top half, having finished his first race in one hour and 53 minutes. But for the thermal power engineer from Ninh Binh, the achievement felt akin to conquering Everest.

Dinh Nam Binh at the VnExpress Marathon Quy Nhon on July 26, 2020. Photo courtesy of VnExpress Marathon.

Dinh Nam Binh at the VnExpress Marathon Quy Nhon on July 26, 2020. Photo courtesy of VnExpress Marathon.

It all started in August 2018 with a prolonged business trip to Saudi Arabia during which Binh suffered a small, apparently insignificant scratch to his leg.

Just a few days later, diagnosed with near-fatal staph infection, Binh was flown home via Dubai.

At Noi Bai International Airport, his wife was shocked to him unconscious and with his entire body swollen. Prior to infection, Binh weighed 70 kg. With kidney and liver failure induced by staph bacteria, he gained 10 kg due to the abnormal retention of water in his body.

After five days, doctors at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi told Binh’s family of his critical condition, confirming his 2 percent chance of survival. With most his vital organs severely affected, especially the kidneys and heart, Binh had to be placed on ventilation and constant dialysis.

“At that moment, my family prepared for the worst,” he recalled.

On the 6th day, Binh suddenly regained consciousness, but suffered progressive, seemingly unstoppable necrosis.

After 21 days of treatment, doctors finally managed to halt the spread of staph bacteria, allowing Binh gradual recovery and subsequent discharge. Despite the good news, the road to rehabilitation proved long.

Dinh Nam Binh on his last day of treatment at Bach Mai Hospital. Photo courtesy of Dinh Nam Binh.

Dinh Nam Binh on his last day of treatment at Bach Mai Hospital in 2018. Photo courtesy of Dinh Nam Binh.

With his right leg bearing the consequences of infection, doctors confirmed Binh would be wheelchair-bound for life.

“According to medical records, my body had suffered necrosis of 5 percent, mostly on my right thigh, where I only had a small amount of muscle left. I couldn’t stand on both feet,” Binh said, adding at one point he had thought his life to be over.

Among the doctors who diagnosed and treated him, only doctor Ngo Duc Ngoc of Bach Mai Hospital believed in his future recovery.

“I didn’t die after a coma of five days, there’s no reason I can’t return to normal life,” Binh maintained.

Following Dr. Ngoc’s advice, Binh commenced physiotherapy at Hanoi Medical University Hospital for two weeks, which gradually helped his leg improve. For the next two months, he also started walking and swimming while at home.

At the end of 2018, Binh finally switched to running, taking tips from a smartphone app. With his leg increasingly agile, he set a target of two to three kilometers a day.

Over a year later, Binh was running 10 km each weekend, conquered the 15 km around the West Lake in one hour and 23 minutes, then entered his first 21 km at the VnExpress marathon in the south central beach town Quy Nhon.

Dinh Nam Binh returns to work as a thermal power engineer in Pakistan in April 2019. Photo courtesy of Dinh Nam Binh.

Dinh Nam Binh on site at a thermal power plant in Pakistan in April 2019. Photo courtesy of Dinh Nam Binh.

“For me there is nothing more precious than being able to walk by myself. During the Quy Nhon marathon, I thought about the past two years, how many efforts, trials and pain I had endured just to run normally like this,” Binh said.

To the doctors who had treated him in the past, his recovery is a true miracle, with even his 3rd degree heart regurgitation cured.

Binh uses his free time at work to go for a run while this colleagues rest. Five days a week he undergoes a recovery session, two speed sessions, and a long run, covering a total distance of about 50 km. His weight is currently around 62 kg, which he considers not bad for a 45-year-old.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/engineer-proves-miracles-exist-in-epic-marathon-4179083.html

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Việt Nam News Olympics news bulletin – August 5

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Aussie Keegan Palmer takes gold medal in the men’s park skateboarding. For all latest news from the Olympics, please join our virtual AI Phuong.

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

The Vietnam national futsal team that played Iraq in a friendly on May 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation.


The Vietnam national futsal team has moved up one place in the August update of FIFA futsal world ranking.

After beating Lebanon in the World Cup qualification playoffs in late May and claiming a ticket to Futsal World Cup 2021, Vietnam climbed from 44th to 43rd on the FIFA futsal world ranking. In the August update, only Vietnam and Japan improved their positions in Asia.

The top three positions in the world remained unchanged, with Spain first, followed by Brazil and Argentina. In Asia, Iran continued to lead, followed by Kazakhstan and Japan.

The national team has started training since late July. They are set to fly to Spain on Aug. 25 to participate in a friendly tournament with hosts Spain, Japan and Guatemala. They will play another exhibition match with Morocco on Sept. 6, before entering Futsal World Cup, held in Lithuania between Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

At Futsal World Cup, Vietnam are grouped with Brazil, the Czech Republic and Panama. The team will play their first game against Brazil on Sept. 13, then Panama on the 16th, and the Czech Republic on the 19th.

This is the second time Vietnam qualified for the event, after the first in 2016.

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Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages

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Youngsters have displayed their creativeness in making videos to outline the Vietnamese cultural values and the beauty of Vietnamese women in traditional craft villages across the nation.

Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
A scene from the top prize winner “My Nghiep Cham Brocade Village (Ninh Thuan)” by Champasix. (Screenshot capture)

They participated in a video making contest themed “Vietnamese women and craft villages”, which was launched by the Empower Women Asia (EWA) project under the NGO Keep It Beautiful Vietnam (KIBV), to honour the women in traditional craft villages together with their efforts to preserve the national cultural values in the modern society.

The contest was held from May to July 2021 through the creation of photos/videos with a duration of 3-5 minutes, carrying the message of promoting and preserving traditional craft villages, while honouring the beauty of the simple, rustic labour of Vietnamese women in general and ethnic minority women in particular in such traditional craft villages.

Taking place mainly on the Facebook channel of the EWA, the contest has attracted many young people at home and abroad, bringing unique and new perspectives on traditional craft villages to the masses nationally and internationally.

After only two months, the organisers received hundreds of entries with diverse and unique content. Through their creative products, young people have reflected the true image of sincere and rustic women in traditional craft villages, evoking their love for their homeland and national pride, while showing their respect and desire to promote the core and long-standing cultural values of the nation.

Among 11 outstanding entries to the final round, a jury of famous journalists, editors, travel bloggers and photographers selected four best works for awards, in which the first prize came to the video “My Nghiep Cham Brocade Village (Ninh Thuan)” by Champasix; the “Crab noodle making village (Hai Phong)” by Nguyen Thanh Loan won the second prize; and two third prizes went to videos “Chang Son Fan Village (Hanoi)” by GEN and “Chuong Hat Village (Hanoi)” by Jelly Potatoes. In addition, the most favoured video award went to “Thach Xa Bamboo Dragonfly Village (Hanoi)” by Le.Morq.

The contest also received the companionship of famous speakers, designers, art activists and influential faces in the public to jointly spread the nation’s traditional cultural features to the community.

It is expected to raise the community’s understanding and respect for traditional craft villages, thereby spreading the message of preserving the quintessence and traditions of the nation, as well as respecting and promoting the nation’s cultural values through the skilful hands of village women in simple, rustic daily labour.

Let’s admire the beauty of the labour of women in traditional villages through the excellent works that won the contest’s top prizes:

Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages
Youngsters make videos to honour beauty of Vietnamese women and traditional craft villages

Empower Women Asia (EWA) aims to foster the ethnic minority women and girls in the weaving villages of Vietnam to improve their skills, knowledge, and competitive advantages in producing sustainable textile products, creating opportunities to enhance the living standard and secure stable income. This year, EWA is coming back with the theme “Weaving dreams by the handlooms”, which carries hopes and high aspirations toward spreading the beautiful image of mothers and sisters sitting by the looms, weaving their colourful dreams.

Source: Nhan Dan

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