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Christmas drink let Irishman fight for life in Vietnam

by Vietnam Insider

An Irishman left fighting for his life in Vietnam after an alleged poisoning on Christmas Eve. He is recovering and hopes to return home soon.

Gary Doyle from Bayside, north Dublin, was rushed to hospital and spent days in intensive care after being found to be having trouble breathing on his first night in Ho Chi Minh City.

But his brother, Anthony (Anto), who flew to his bedside, said he was now on the road to recovery and hoped to be healthy enough to return home in the coming days.

Anthony, who works at Grange Builders Providers in Baldoyle, told the Dublin Gazette: “Gary landed in Ho Chi Minh City on December 23.

“During one evening, he was doped or poisoned with a deadly drug of any kind. Doctors could specify by blood test exactly what foreign substance had entered his body. “

Gary is at Chi Rey Hospital where he spent two weeks on a ventilator. He suffered liver and kidney damage and is also being treated for pneumonia and an abnormal heart rate.

Anthony said, “I flew this morning (Sunday) to try to cure him, pay the medical bill and bring him back to Ireland at some point during the week or weeks to come.

“It was an emotional meeting with my brother. I had a conversation with the senior doctor who looked after him and he said that Gary was lucky to be alive.

“If he hadn’t been brought to the hospital so quickly, then he probably wouldn’t have been as lucky as he was.

“He’s still in intensive care but stable, out of the ventilator and now breathing for himself. Most of his bodily functions are now normal, but he remains very ill with feeding tubes inserted and antibiotics to prevent infection.

“He is largely able to understand what people are saying to him, but is having trouble communicating at the moment. I can understand a few words he says here and there. “

A GoFundMe page created to help Gary get home has already exceeded his goal of € 5,000 with € 7,800 donated in two days. Anthony said he and his family were overwhelmed by the response.

He added, “Gary will now focus on strengthening his strength over the next few weeks. We still do not know when he will be able to leave the hospital”

By GAVIN O’CALLAGHAN

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