This is a beautiful story, I read it a few minutes ago and felt like I had to share it.
A former North-Vietnamese soldier has been reunited with his arm after more than 40 years. Nguyen Quang Hung was a Vietcong soldier during the Vietnam war and he had his arm amputated by US army doctor Sam Axelrad in 1966 after his arm caught gangrene.
Dr Axelrad kept the bones of the arm after treating the enemy soldier and he began a quest to track down the owner of the arm in 2012. He finally found him yesterday and returned his arm.
"I'm very happy to see him again and have that part of my body back after nearly half a century," Mr Hung said. "My arm bone is evidence of my contribution to the war. I will keep it in my house... in the glass display cabinet," he said, adding that he hoped the arm would help him claim a veteran's pension, as his army files had been lost.
Here's a photo of the two back in 1966:
And here they are today:
"When I amputated his arm in 1966, our medics took the arm, took the flesh off it, put it back together perfectly with wires, and then they gave it to me," Dr Axelrad said. "When I left the country six months later, I didn't want to throw it away, I put it in my trunk and brought it home, and all these years it has been in my house."
The Vietnam war killed around 58,000 US soldiers and three million Vietnamese.
Vietnam war veteran receives long-lost arm
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