Boy, 13, cycles 60 miles through mountains to Hanoi to see sick brother

By Trong Nghia   March 29, 2019 | 01:45 pm GMT+7

Without a map or knowing the route beforehand, a 13-year-old boy has cycled from Son La to Hanoi to visit his hospitalized brother.

Vi Quyet Chien of Van Ho District in Son La, a province in Vietnam’s northern mountains, returned home from school on Monday afternoon and learned from his grandfather that his two-month-old youngest brother was admitted in a hospital in Hanoi 175 kilometers (109 miles) away.

13-year-old Vi Quyet Chien at at Vietnam National Childrens Hospital in Hanoi. Photos from Facebooks page of the doctor treating the baby.

13-year-old Vi Quyet Chien at the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi. Photos from Facebook’s page of the doctor treating his youngest brother.

The grandfather said Chien lay on a couch and cried when he got the news. He decided to ride all the way to Hanoi on his small bicycle to check on the child.

He did not tell anyone about the plan and chose a different route to get out of the village to avoid being seen by his neighbors. The boy had no idea where Hanoi was or how to go there, so he followed the national highway and asked people he met along the way.

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