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Catholic Comfort in Vietnam Hospitals

A woman offers incense in front of a Marian statue at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Saigon. (ucanews.com photo)

ucanews.com reporter, Saigon

In the scorching noon sun, a thin woman carried her sick daughter to a Marian statue where they placed some cake, lit incense and whispered prayers.

“Today we leave the hospital for home. We thank the Blessed Mother for curing my daughter of blood poisoning after she was treated here for 10 days,” Thuy said and smiled at her daughter.
The woman from Long An Province, who gave only one name, said other patients told her to pray in front of the Marian statue after her daughter was hospitalized. The statue was erected in 1974 by Catholic staff in the compound of the 155-year-old Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the oldest hospital in Saigon.