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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE IETH3RIDCE HERALD Friday, May 18, 1973 WAR'S REAL LOSERS amputees are Vietnam's forgotten men Bridge Among Hie most pitiful sights in South Vietnam are the who beg in the streets. .Manj' are veterans and civilian victims of the Some charity is avail- able but it is enough? By ANGELA FATHERS SAIGON (Renter) At dawn a legless cripple propels himself to one of the Saigon market- places, hides his crutches and artificial limbs behind the soup stands, dropped into a pathetic huddie in the dirt and begins the day's begging. By sunset about 1.000 piastres may reach his outstretched little more than the av- er age daily income for a Viet- ramese worker. This war vet- eran has been begging for seT.cn months. Van Luong, 35, says that since his legs were blown in last years fighting, this is trie only way he can make a liv- ing He has no skill and no money to pay for training. "But if I was he sajs through an interpreter, "jnemplojment is such that f not find a job anyway.' A I alt nv'y a old crippled boy has a regular boat in Saigon's busy Tu Do Street He became so familiar that a group of Americans bought him a wheelchair. v eek later he was back on the paiement He said his fam- uv found him such a good breadwinner they sold the chair ?nd put him on the slr-pt These are just two of Viet- nam s 80.WO amputees Most Z-Q Mctims of the war Half are void'crs About have arti- f cial limbs. PIHIOVDSIY Those "ho are beggars have hren accused of dishonest} for d scai diDg artificial limbs to pm sympathy. But only a min- isci'le percentage have had training or other means to earn a living. Thoy In e almost on chanty And with the govern- ment s current drive to clean up the cities by chasing an ay the begsari the livelihood o'f mam being Ihreatened U Saieon's rsauonal Rehabili- tation Institute, long lines of v R wait for new or re- paired wooden and plpstic. Lmbs About 100 amputees a day queue at the institute and six provincial branches. Many say they would like to ork, but lack the opportun- ities The institute has an educa- tional training annex in Thu TVe on the outskirts of Saigon It offers six-month courses in tailorinp typing, shoe-making, printing, and electrical wiring. ''But we have to feed, house, and clothe patients during t says the institutes dean. Dr. Lam An Thach. "Our budget is only SI million a year and we have very little space "We provide artificial limbs for an annual disabled. We can only train 400 a year.' JOBS FOUND The institute and its branches employ as many disabled as they can. They man the switch- boards, make wooden limbs and work as orderlies or secretar- ies With the unemployment situ- ation in Vietnam worsening, few commercial firms choose to take on cripples. Those with skills often remain jobless. Critics say the number of am- putees in Vietnam is unneces- sarily high. Through lack of time, beds and equipment in provincial hospitals, doctors frequently cannot begin exten- sive treatment of a war simply have to re- move the limb. War veterans get a pension babed on the'r and IP- firrrutv. A private who has lost a leg, for instance, gets be- tween 3000 and UI.OOO piastres and depending on the size of his Civilians who iecene war in- juries are not compensated But l, e family spirit in Vietnam is strong and thev aie generally taken in by a relative One of the institutes patients is Phan Van Ve, a soldier who lost a leg jumping from a heli- copter in the 1968 Tet offensive. Nov. 27 he has a monthly pen- non of 5 000 piastres (Sio'i. HAS NO TRAINING He would like to work as a mechanic, but has no training. He lives with his family in Bien Hja abtut yi n of Sa'gon. and is supported bj his fatner who is a barbei. Another patient is a leglebs middle- aged WOTMH who stepped on a mine at her home in Ciiih pi ounce near Saigon last vcai The explosion killed ner farmer husband She now has to support three voune children Her stumps are still not healed and she lives mainly on sav- ings "We have one acre of land hut it is in insecure territory." she sajs "And I am loo weak to work "I have asked for a wheel- chair, but the institute hasn't enough. Those these are go to soldiers. I have been lent one hv the Red Cress but I will have to return it when my legs are cured When her savings are fin- ished, she has no idea how she will live. her sentenced to life Linking Europe and Asia, this bridge over the his- toric Strait of Bosporus fulfills a year old dream. The central span just over feet long, the world's fourth-largest suspension bridge. SIMPSONS 1 Saturday Specials PERSONAL SHOPPING LIMITED QUANTITIES Everyone wants a Id-speed now! Now more people than ever ccn enjoy the endless hours of relaxa- tion and exercise that a bike with 10 easy-shifting oeais provides. Shift 'evers located on the 'down' tube. Get a sure grip on the handlebars because they're wrapped with tape. Leatherette racing sad- die keeps you sitting firm and comfortable while you burn away the miles on the road. Side-pull cnliper brakes are safe and dependable. With 27 x IV blackwall tires. 21" steel tube frame. For irside leg measurements 31 to Kickstand in- cluded. Use Your Handy Simpsons-Sears Charge SIMPSONS SEARS SPORTS CENTRE Not exactly as illustrated Coleman Propane Stove Reg. 16.4 cylinder, 21" flex hose. Complete with regulator, 2 burner. Sports Centra Adjustable Pulsating Sprinkler Reg. 0-360 degree complete circle control. Hardware Dept. Cordless Electric Grass Sears Reg. Cutting blade a full 2" wide. 4 sharp to give 4000 STORE HOURS: Open daily from a.m. to p.m., Thurs. and Fri. a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Telephone 328-9231 for killin fourth child i I i NORWICH, (AP) A mother who lost three of her children in fatal accidents has been sentenced to life imprison- ment for murdering her fourth child, a seven-year-old son. Margaret Bushell, 49, told a coirt here today she put a pillow over the child's face as he lay in bed Dec. 26 because she twice heard him running around his bedroom making noise. "I only did it to frighten him and make him go said Mrs. Bushell, who as a cook. "If I had known it was hurting Sirnon T would not have done it because T loved him too much. Thp wa.s fold nf the deaths of fhrep other children of Mrs. Bushell A daughter, three-year-old Cheryl, was found dead in a hath of caustic bleach in 1958. The court heard that a police- man thought the child had' tripped into the bath while! reaching for a book. Also in 1958, Mrs. Bushell's five-year-old son Stephen fell i from a window sill and died. A doctor said at the child's in- quest that Stephen was a sleep-1 walker. In I960, Mrs. Bushell s three- year-old son Timothy was found j dead lying head first in a gas j water heater in the family! washhouse. The coroner re" turned a verdict of accidental death. Reaches peak KATMANDU, Nepal (API Dr. Louis Reichardt. the United States climber who saved him- self from an avalanche on Mount Dhaulagiri four years ago by diving into a snowbank, has led a three-man team to the summit of the peak, the U.S. expedition repotted to-lay. An- nthei 'Xmcnran, John Roskelly, 21, of -e. and a Ncpfilo-r guide named S'wnulen accompanied Rci- rhardt to the summit Saturday. ADVERTISER i j I ASKS i FOR KIDNEY FERNDALE, Mich. CAP) What's a human kidney worth? A 35-year-old roan in this Detroit suburb hopes to get for one of his, but far he has foi.nd no takers with his newspaper adver- tisement. The advertiser said he wants to sell the kidney be- cause he is "desperate for but it will ,iKo help comconc Effective July 1st, 1973, Blue Cross is introducing a new Deductible-Free, Co-Insurance-Free Group Contract. Members enrolled in Groups that select the new Contract will be reim- bursed under the terms of the contract for expense incurred for the following: Hospital (semi or private room) Prescription Drugs Ambulance Clinical Psychologist Artificial Limbs and Braces Home Nursing Care Accidental Dental Care Naturopathic Services There is no limit on Hospital Services Benefits. There U on overall Benefit limit for any one illness or disability urtder all Other Services. Benefits are available from the first dollar of expense incurred due to the absence of a deductible and prescription drugs are reimbursed Monthly rates for the new Group Contract are as follows: SINGLE CLASS 41 3.40 FAMILY CLASS 42 6.80 For further information on our new offering, please complete and mail coupon below. TO: The Alberta Blue Cross Plan. 10025 108th Street, EDMONTON, Alberta. T5J 1K9 NAME OF COMPANY ATTENTION OF ADDRESS C'TYORTOttN............................................... NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES D Check (j) if your firm is presently enroled in the standard Blue Cross Group Plan. ALBERTA BLUE CROSS PLAN ;