Vietnam veteran gives free treatment for the poor for 20 years

July 25, 2015 4:20 pm

A veteran in Ho Chi Minh City has devoted his life to providing
free treatment for poor people coming from across during the
past 20 years.

Vo Van Tam, aka Hai Tam, receives more than ten patients at his home in the outlying district of Hoc Mon every day.

Hai Tam dries herbs, which will be used in healing people, at his house in Ho Chi Minh City.

The 53-year-old, with 30 years of experience in medicine, will provide
very cheap, or even free, illness treatment to these poor people.
If Tam has to collect treatment fee, he will reluctantly charge
patients very little, as he still needs finances to afford medicines, at
a time when his health and budget is losing.
The veteran returned from the southwest border defense war with four bullets left in his body.
Still, free treatment is always available for poor patients.
Hai Tam said as a soldier, he always wants to contribute to serve his
nation, as being able to return home from the war is a big fortune.
“Many of my comrades’ tears and bloods fell behind me,” he said.
“I’m even luckier as the whole family supports what I am doing,” he added.
Many neighbors and his old patients have volunteered to help him with
giving treatment to patients, in appreciation of his golden heart.

Patients wait for their turn to be examined at Tam’s house. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Hai Tam provides treatment for a little patient. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Tam watches an X-ray film of his patient. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Hai Tam provides treatment for an elder. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Tam provides a health check for family members of Thu Trang (c),
who lives in France but has regularly come back to Vietnam to see him.

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