Surgeons at Yangon General Hospital successfully treat heart stabbing victim

Yangon General Hospital.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Yangon General Hospital.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 18 Nov —Yangon General Hospital, Myanmar’s  largest public hospital, on Monday announced that emergency surgery was successfully performed on a patient who was stabbed in the heart, a serious and rapidly fatal injury whose successful treatment is rare even in developed countries, according to Prof Dr Zaw Wai Soe.
“The patient’s signs are stable and no surgery-related problems have been found,” said Consultant Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr Aung Zaw Myo, who participated in the operation, clarifying his life-saving procedures in the resuscitation room.
U Myint Soe, who survived after surgery on 28 September, said he feels good thanks to the efforts of the medical team which provided emergency care, which plays a critical role in saving lives.
According to the hospital’s data, head injuries are one of the leading causes of death among emergency patients, especially in men, while sudden cardiac arrest is most common in adults.
To reduce the death rate of emergency cases, the hospital needs more professionals engaged in emergency medicine, Prof Dr Zaw Wai Soe said while explaining the role of modern equipment and facilities in immediate health care services.
As part of a strategic plan by the Ministry of Health to improve emergency medical services in the region, plans are underway to add 25 to 50 specialists across the country each year with the assistance of two Australian medical institutions.
Currently, 25 specialists and five senior nurses have been selected to attend next year’s master and diploma programmes in emergency medicine, according to Dr Hla Myint, medical superintendent of Yangon General Hospital. GNLM

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