On behalf of our
entire family Vuong-Houissa, I would like to express our fond memories of
the dearest Phat. The extent of our loss is indescribable; it is too
difficult for us to accept what has happened. In the last few weeks, we all
have been trying to cope with this devastating loss. Now we will try to heal
our sorrow so as to face a new future without our loved one.
Phat had lived a
remarkable life, one that has inspired us greatly. His broad range of
medical knowledge, his dedication to the medical profession, his tireless
effort for medical research, his commitment to others, his courageous
attitude, and his happy character made him an exceptional and gifted person.
He was patient, generous, full of affection for people, and his profession. He was philosophical in his approach to life, and especially
had a great perspective when it came to the little things; he showed great
dignity and humor, a very caring human being.
Phat pursued his
many endeavors diligently, and always rose up to any challenges. Dr. Phat, was a Pathologist, Cytologist, Medical Researcher; fully
qualified in Anatomic Pathology and Cytopathology, in Forensic Medicine and
competent in Cancerology. Phat was
Head of the Unit of Anatomical and Cytological Pathology of the Saint Michel
Hospital in Paris. Phat
was also a Philosophy Doctor (PhD) of the Pierre and Marie Curie Life and
Health Sciences University of Paris,
and Doctor of Science (Sc D) as he obtained a national accreditation to
direct scientific research. Phat was also a member of the International
Board of Cytopathology, International Academy of Cytology in Chicago, USA.
He also was member of several French
and international medical societies.
Dr. Phat has been
a director supervising the thesis work of many candidates to the medical
doctor diploma. We feel it is important to point out that Dr. Nguyen Huy Can
was Phat’s professor during his years of medical study in Vietnam. Once,
Phat began working as a professor, he had, in return, the opportunity to
serve as a research advisor to Dr. Nguyen Huy Can’s children as they
pursued their medical studies in France.
cooperated with scientific teams at various laboratories conducting studies
on experimental pathological models, and human and veterinary diseases. Such
laboratories included the Laboratory of Experimental Parasitology, the
Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Saint Etienne du Rouvray, the Laboratory
of Parasitic Biology, Protitology and Helminthology, affiliated to the
National Scientific Research Center, the National Museum of Natural History,
the Creteil Laboratory of Parasitology.
Dr. Phat contributed
hundreds of medical articles to various professional journals and books.
Together with his beloved wife, the Dr. Sarra Vuong, and the Dr. Erno
Baviera, Phat published the book “Study protocol in Anatomical and
Cytological Pathology” in 1986. Together with Sir Colin Berry, D. Austin,
published the book “Pathological diagnosis of Vascular Disease in 1999”.
Recently, in May 2002, Phat, again, together with Sir Colin Berry published
the book “The Pathology of Vessels”.
presented much of his medical research at scientific meetings throughout the
world, and abstracts of his publications and presentations appeared in
related professional journals.
Vuong Ngoc Phat’s biography record was entered into the Who’s Who in the
World publications (1995 – 2003).
In addition to
medicine, Phat always took interest in the people that he met. Over the
years, he always told us how much love he had for his best friends in Paris,
the city were he found love and affection. He had expressed his love
especially for the colleagues and the working team at the Laboratoire
Anatomie et Cytologie Pathologies at Bievre - such as Dr. and Madame Erno
Baviera who have been in partnership with Phat since the opening of this
laboratory; such as Patricia, the secretary that has been working for Phat
for more than thirty years, and all team members at Saint Michel Hospital,
where Dr Phat was the head of the unit of Anatomical and Cytological
Phat “Paris est la cité pour
les amoureux” (The City For Lovers). Indeed, it was in Paris that he met and married his wife - Dr.
Sarra Vuong, and with whom he shared over 25 years of happiness. Sarra has
not only been his wonderful wife, but also a loving mother of their two
daughters Anh-Asma and Hien-Hella. And above all, she has been a great
companion and supporter throughout his career.
Phat repeatedly told us that Sarra always loved him with all her
heart and that his love for Sarra was eternal.
In addition to Sarra, Phat devoted his love to his daughters Anh-Asma
and Hien-Hella, as well as to his first two children Tam and Lan from whom
Phat was long separated due to difficult circumstances. He felt particularly
happy that both Tam and Lan were able to join Asma and Hella to be by his
side during his last days. Futhermore, Phat enjoyed the pride of being a
grandfather to Lan-Nhi, daughter of Lan; and to Noah, son of Tam.
reserved a special place in his heart for his beloved parents, his brothers,
sisters, and other family members. Ever since his father passed away, Phat
had increasingly felt attached to the place where his father rests, and he
always expressed his wish to be
laid to rest next to his beloved father once the time for him to leave this
world had come.
We will miss the
achievements of his endless medical research, and we will miss the stories
from the continents he would be visiting when sharing his research with
others. We will miss his clear perspective, his great humor, and his always
radiant smiles. We will miss the surprising depth and scope of his medical
knowledge. We will miss the warmth he extended to everyone he met.
We would like to
also take this opportunity, on behalf of Phat’s entire family, and
especially Sarra Vuong, to thank all of you who have come to support us,
visited Phat at the hospital, brought flowers, sent endless encouraging
messages, and paid their respects in so many ways to our dearest Phat. Your
kindness has been such an enormous support, it has comforted us and afforded
us the strength to move forward. Especially, we would like to extend our
thanks to Dr. and Madame Erno Baviera who gave us tremendous support during
our most difficult time. We also would like to
extend our thanks to Mr Don Jean, Director of Clinique de La Defense.
We would like to also extend our thanks to Mrs. Habiba Houissa, Sarra’s
mother, her sisters and brothers who made every effort to come and share our
deepest sorrow and to support Sarra in this particularly trying times.
We will miss our