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Filial piety

Filial piety

Phan Thi Bich Dai talks to her mother during one of few moments that the mother is less tortured by her pains.

Huynh Thi Xuan from the city's Cu Chi District has been staying at the hospital for six months to take care of her 81-year-old mother.

The little boy Hai waits at the free kitchen three times a day to take meals for him and his mother.

Duong Kim Hai, 11 (2nd, R), chooses a good piece of meat for his mother. Most families at the hospital are poor, thus the children including Hai usually have to wait at the free kitchen of the hospital starting at 4 a.m.

Pham Phu Cuong, 24, from the nearby Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, holds the fluid bottle for his mother any time she needs to use the toilet. Cuong's mother has been staying at the hospital for four years with a tumor.

Son from Ca Mau sleeps under the bed of his mother after staying up all night taking care of her.

Duong Ngoc Son, a college student from Lam Dong Province, stays near the bed of his father every day after class. His father just received two operations.

Tinh and his mother have been sleeping at the front yard of the hospital for two months. The mother has cervical cancer but can only get outpatient's treatment and they don't have money to rent a room.

Thirteen-year-old Nguyen Kim Tinh (R) from the highlands' Dak Lak Province collects bottles from the hospital's dustbins to resell to help pay for his mother treatment. Tinh has quit school to accompany his mother, deal with the medical papers and take care of her daily meals.

Hoang Thi My Trang from the Central Highlands' Lam Dong Province almost cries while encouraging her mother, who is ill at the hospital since February this year with cervical cancer.

Trang helps her mother lie down in bed.

Tran Thi Thuy Trang, an 11th grader in HCMC, has been taking care of her mother, who is having treatment for a kidney condition at the hospital.

Phan Thi Bich Dai talks to her mother during one of few moments that the mother is less tortured by her pains.
Huynh Thi Xuan from the city's Cu Chi District has been staying at the hospital for six months to take care of her 81-year-old mother.
The little boy Hai waits at the free kitchen three times a day to take meals for him and his mother.
Duong Kim Hai, 11 (2nd, R), chooses a good piece of meat for his mother. Most families at the hospital are poor, thus the children including Hai usually have to wait at the free kitchen of the hospital starting at 4 a.m.
Pham Phu Cuong, 24, from the nearby Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, holds the fluid bottle for his mother any time she needs to use the toilet. Cuong's mother has been staying at the hospital for four years with a tumor.
Son from Ca Mau sleeps under the bed of his mother after staying up all night taking care of her.
Duong Ngoc Son, a college student from Lam Dong Province, stays near the bed of his father every day after class. His father just received two operations.
Tinh and his mother have been sleeping at the front yard of the hospital for two months. The mother has cervical cancer but can only get outpatient's treatment and they don't have money to rent a room.
Thirteen-year-old Nguyen Kim Tinh (R) from the highlands' Dak Lak Province collects bottles from the hospital's dustbins to resell to help pay for his mother treatment. Tinh has quit school to accompany his mother, deal with the medical papers and take care of her daily meals.
Hoang Thi My Trang from the Central Highlands' Lam Dong Province almost cries while encouraging her mother, who is ill at the hospital since February this year with cervical cancer.
Trang helps her mother lie down in bed.
Tran Thi Thuy Trang, an 11th grader in HCMC, has been taking care of her mother, who is having treatment for a kidney condition at the hospital.