Under the Wheels

Medics rushed Pham Dang Hieu, blood seeping from his crushed skull and his panicked family trailing, into the emergency room of Hanoi's Viet Duc University Hospital at 9:30 on a Sunday evening. The 27-year-old engineer had swerved his 100cc Honda Wave motorcycle to avoid a bicycle and crashed into a concrete lane divider near his home. His bleary-eyed brother stared blankly at the widening pool of blood on the sheet beneath Hieu's head as the doctor explained the family's options: hook him up to life support, or take him home to die. Either way, he would never wake...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!