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US doctor returns arm bone to Vietnamese soldier

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An American doctor said Monday he had returned the carefully-preserved arm bone of a Viet Cong soldier to its owner more than forty years after he amputated it during the Vietnam War. 

US veteran doctor Sam Axelrad (right) holds the preserved arm bone of ex-Viet Cong soldier Nguyen Quang Hung during a reunion in An Khe, on July 1, 2013. Axelrad said he had returned the carefully-preserved arm bone of a Viet Cong soldier to its owner more than forty years after he amputated it during the Vietnam War.

The arm -- from which US medics removed the flesh and which was wired together after the 1966 operation -- was handed back to ex-soldier Nguyen Quang Hung at his house in the town of An Khe in Vietnam's Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

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