“Iron Lady” of Vietnam’s neurosurgery

(VOVWORLD) - In the department of neurosurgery at Ho Chi Minh City’s Cho Ray hospital, there is only one female doctor, Tran Thi Mai Linh, who performs craniotomies. Linh is affectionately called “Iron Lady” for her expertise and ability to work under pressure.

“Iron Lady” of Vietnam’s neurosurgery  - ảnh 1“Iron Lady” Tran Thi Mai Linh. (Photo courtesy of Cho Ray hospital)

Dr. Linh has worked in the healthcare sector for more than 14 years. As a medical student, Linh showed an interest in neurosurgery. For her, the human brain is a mystery that science keeps working to figure out. Linh says that, in addition to being well-trained, a neurologist needs to be meticulous and thoughtful. Before a neurosurgery, Linh learns about the patient’s family background, occupation, and habits.

“We often start work very early and finish late. After each surgery, doctors keep examining the patient until he/ she fully recovers,” she said,

At Cho Ray hospital, there are 20 to 30 neurosurgeries per week, most related to spinal, trauma, often due to work accidents. According to Associate Professor Dr. Huynh Le Phuong, head of the Department of Neurosurgery of Cho Ray hospital, a neurosurgery may take 8 hours, and requires the doctor to work under pressure.

“Doctor Linh works very hard. In addition to her daily work, she also does scientific research. She has a great potential to grow in her career,” said Phuong.

“Iron Lady” of Vietnam’s neurosurgery  - ảnh 2Doctor Tran Thi Mai Linh at a consultation session with her colleagues at Cho Ray hospital. (Photo: Kim Dung)

With her expertise and dedication, Dr. Linh has saved many lives. Nguyen Thi Tam from Kien Giang province, said her husband, who suffered from a brain tumor, was saved thanks to a successful neurosurgery by Dr. Linh and her colleagues.

“Dr. Linh is very enthusiastic and dedicated. I can call her at any time for help,” said Tam.