Nguyen Duc and Thanh Tuyen (Center) at the wedding, December 16, 2006. at Yasaka Bao Tran Restaurant in Tax Mall Ho Chi Minh City.

By Ng.Tr – Translated by Thuy Hang

“A special wedding!” exclaimed hundreds of visitors at the wedding of Nguyen Duc and Thanh Tuyen, for the groom is the one half of a conjoined twin successfully separated by Vietnamese doctors in Viet Duc Hospital 18 years ago.

Nguyen Duc is much luckier than his twin bother, Nguyen Viet, who is leading a vegetable existence in Tu Du Hospital. Surviving from the most famous operation in Viet Nam, Duc has overcome many difficulties in life to rejoin the community as a normal person.

At the age of 25, he was employed by Hoa Binh Village in Tu Du Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City. As a victim of Agent Orange himself, Duc took part in many charity activities for the disabled in general and AO victims in particular.

He met Nguyen Thanh Tuyen at a friend’s wedding in April 2004, and her admiration for his will soon turned into love. Two years later they decided to get married.


The wedding was really good news to many. Some 500 visitors came to share the joy with the couple; among them are doctors from Viet Duc Hospital, the AO Victims Associations of Viet Nam and Ho Chi Minh City, local and foreign press agencies.

Many gifts and wishes from benefactors were given to the couple. And Duc had this to say: “Let us drink a toast to our parents, relatives and individuals who saved my life and who always cared, and to local and foreign organizations that supported us. We will give what we get to other AO victims”.

And from the bottom of their hearts, visitors all wished Nguyen Duc and Thanh Tuyen happiness forever.