11 patients with congenital heart defects to get free surgery in China

Children diagnosed with congenital heart defects and their families seen at the Yangon International Airport before departing for China.   Photo: Aye Mi Thu
Children diagnosed with congenital heart defects and their families seen at the Yangon International Airport before departing for China.  
Photo: Aye Mi Thu

Under a programme for promoting friendly ties between Myanmar and China, 11 Myanmar patients who have congenital heart defects will undergo free surgery in China, according to the Yankin Children Hospital.
The free heart surgeries will be conducted jointly by the Yangon Yankin Children Hospital and Phoo Wai Special Heart Surgery Hospital in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.
“The free heart surgeries will be conducted with the aim of promoting friendly relations between the two countries, alleviate the suffering of patients with congenital heart defects, and reduce the number of patients who are waiting for surgery,” said Dr. Myint Myint Khine, Medical Superintendent of the 550-bed Yankin Children Hospital.
“This is the third free heart surgery programme for us. The first time, 12 children received free surgery in Beijing, China in April, 2017, while the second time, 14 children underwent surgery in Kunming in Yunnan Province in October, 2018. This time, we will operate on 11 children in Kunming,” she added.
“The cost of the operation will be high if we pay for it ourselves. Now, we have a good chance to receive treatment because of the programme. I am very glad about that. I want to say thanks to the authorities for this precious arrangement,” said Daw Than Than Aye, the mother of a congenital heart defect patient from Pathein Town.
For the third free heart surgery, eight of the 11 children diagnosed with congenital heart defects and their families left for China by China Eastern Airlines from Yangon International Airport. They were accompanied by Dr Myint Myint Khine, Dr Than Oo, radiologist at the Yankin Children Hospital, Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Hnin Lae Phyu, nurse Daw Lae Lae Win, and Daw Mya Thein, head of administration at the hospital.— Aye Min Thu (Translated by Hay Mar)

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