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A smiling Vietnamese veteran who lost both legs in wartime

When Tran Thanh Tung lost his legs after stepping on a landmine during wartime, he thought his life to be over.

When Tran Thanh Tung lost his legs after stepping on a landmine during wartime, he thought his life to be over.
When Tran Thanh Tung lost his legs after stepping on a landmine during wartime, he thought his life to be over.

However, Tung started afresh at 20 when he returned home from the battleground in Cambodia in 1986.

Tung, in his late 40s, practiced walking with a wheelchair at first but found it so inconvenient. He later came up with an idea of putting two wooden chairs under his thighs and tried to move the chairs with his hands. By this way, he is now able to walk as far as some kilometers from home.

Since demobilization, the disabled Vietnamese ex-serviceman has done a variety of jobs to fend for himself and support his family such as selling lottery tickets, catching fish, or harvesting rice as a hired laborer.

Now he raises ducks in a vast breeding facility in the back of his house located in a rural area in O Mon District in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

To many people’s surprise, Tran Thanh Tung climbs up a high coconut tree.

Tung’s daily job: Taking care of a herd of ducks in a garden in the back of his house

This pair of wooden chairs functions as his legs.

He can even swim.

The ex-serviceman cleaves wood in his free time to help his wife.

He catches fish during the flood season to earn extra money. 


Tung’s great happiness: Spoon-feeding his two-year-old grandchild