A fruitful recovery

43-year-old Don Vo is recovering from a massive stroke that almost claimed his life last July.

The stroke happened while Don was battling blood cancer.

He spent weeks in ICU and doctors had to remove part of his skull to alleviate the pressure on his brain.

“If it wasn’t for St Vincent’s, I wouldn’t be alive today,” he says.

“The expectation was that if I were to survive, I wouldn’t be able to walk and talk, and probably lose my memory too.”

But Don has defied all the odds and is making a remarkable recovery.

He is now able to talk again and his mobility is improving significantly.

Our Rehabilitation Unit is managing his recovery with physiotherapists and speech pathologists seeing him regularly.

He is also receiving daily treatments at our Cancer Centre for his leukaemia.

Don’s wife Phuong and his sister Nhung have been by his side all along, and they too are grateful to the nursing, medical and allied health staff that they say are responsible for Don’s speedy recovery.

Nhung doesn’t visit Don without her elaborate homemade fruit platters which she offers to the staff at the Cancer Centre as a way of expressing her appreciation of the first-rate care given to her brother.

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Nhung, Don and his wife Phuong.

And this week Don’s wife and sister surprised the Cancer Centre staff when they decided to have somewhat of a feast for them with their home-cooked Vietnamese meals just to say thank you.

“The staff are the best and we can’t thank them enough,” Nhung says.

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Don’s wife Phuong and the food she cooked to share with the Cancer Centre staff.

“Don’s recovery has been nothing short of a miracle and we will forever be grateful for the care and absolute compassion St Vincent’s showed to us.”

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