Ex-Conjoined Vietnamese Man Awarded With Foreign Minister’s Commendation
Nguyen Duc is a Vietnamese who was born as a conjoined twin. His condition was likely due to the aftermath caused by Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant Agent Orange used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam War. The Japanese Foreign Ministry has recently awarded him for promoting exchanges between Japan and Vietnam.
Duc has been separated from his conjoined twin brother through an operation aided by Japanese medical professionals in 1988, when they were 7-years-old. Since then, he’s been to Japan numerous times and delivered talks about the damage caused by the defoliant to the environment, the health of the people living there, and the importance of peace.
On Thursday, the 40-year-old was a part of a ceremony held on the Japanese consulate‘s premises in Ho Chi Minh City. He was presented with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation.
“I want to continue to make efforts to remain as an intermediary to Japan and Vietnam,” Duc said during the ceremony.
He is a Ho Chi Minh City resident and is employed at a local hospital. His brother Viet passed away in 2007 at the age of 26 from pneumonia and abdominal bleeding.
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