Phu Thi Hong Thuy, a 48-year-old woman with diabetes, had her leg amputated after she cut herself on a closet at home. "Sometimes I feel my leg itching, but when I look, it's not there," said Ms Thuy, a patient at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Activities during the D-Foot International Diabetic Foot Awareness Week included a regional webinar programme throughout the week, the launch of the first series of diabetic foot Info Cards, the conferring of the first D-Foot International Board Commendation Award 2020 and the launch of the SACA Regional Chairs Nomination Awards.
Life in the Brazilian Amazon region is tough: rivers instead of roads, few qualified healthcare professionals and disorganised public service. More than half of the estimated 280,000 people with diabetes have foot problems.
During my academic training, I witnessed in the emergency room how a woman with diabetes cried together with the doctors at the news of an above-knee amputation. That episode made me become passionate for diabetic foot.