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Vigorous one-armed Vietnamese hairdresser got international press's applauds

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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March 14, 2021 | 14:21

International press recently published articles to applause the strength of Le Thi Kim Tram - a Vietnamese hairdresser who unfortunately lost one arm in an accident yet striving to live a happy life.

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International press recently published articles to applause the strength of Le Thi Kim Tram - a Vietnamese hairdresser who unfortunately lost one arm in an accident yet striving to live a happy life. (Photo: USA News)

Four years ago, a traffic accident cost Le Thi Kim Tram her left arm. Amid the trauma, the 42-year-old lay recovering in hospital, thinking of ways to continue her livelihood - cutting hair, a trade followed by three generations of her family.

To make matters worse, Tram’s husband left her after the accident that meant the arm had to be amputated, meaning she now had to support two children and her mother on her own. But a month after being discharged from hospital, she had worked out a new way of cutting hair, lifting up locks quickly, and snipping before they fell back again, said Reuters.

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To make matters worse, Tram’s husband left her after the accident that meant the arm had to be amputated, meaning she now had to support two children and her mother on her own. Now, Tram has registered her trade, changing clipper blades against her thigh and holding the showerhead in her mouth when washing clients' hair. (Photo: Reuters)

"I lost the hand that usually holds the comb, so I had to think of a way to hold the comb so that my scissor hand could cut hair," said Tram, speaking from her salon in Ho Chi Minh City.

As she re-learned her job, she would at first spend up to an hour on a trim that could have previously taken as little as five minutes, she said. Now, Tram has registered her trade, changing clipper blades against her thigh and holding the showerhead in her mouth when washing clients' hair, USA News cited.

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Le Thi Kim Tram, who lost her left arm in a traffic accident four years ago, works at her barbershop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (Photo: Reuters)

Office worker Nguyen Van Tri admitted to being a bit nervous about getting his hair cut by Ms. Tram at first. Even with both hands, other barbers could mess up a cut, he said. “But after the first time, seeing that my hair was nicely done… I kept coming back,” said the 25-year-old.

Despite having already hurdled many obstacles, Ms. Tram dreams of having some form of a prosthetic, robotic arm one day. “You can do anything one-handed with practice, but you can do it better with both hands,” she said.

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A month after being discharged from hospital, she had worked out a new way of cutting hair, lifting up locks quickly, and snipping before they fell back again. Despite having already hurdled many obstacles, Ms. Tram dreams of having some form of a prosthetic, robotic arm one day. (Photo; Reuters)
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