Yangon Chief Minister undergoes successful heart surgery

On 5 March, Yangon Region’s Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein underwent heart surgery at the Yankin Children’s Hospital. The operation began at 7am and was successfully completed by about 1pm, with the Chief Minister reported to be in good condition. It is also marked as a successful milestone of the myanmar doctors in heart surgery.
U Phyo Min Thein was diagnosed with congenital stenosis of the heart valve and an enlarged aorta. His surgery was performed by veteran Myanmar doctors.
The success for the operation can be credited to the systematic pre-planning by various members including Union Minister for Health and Sports leadership and guidance, the Permanent Secretary, Director General for Health Department, the Head of Yangon Region Health Department, and the various committees formed under the Yankin Children’s Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer.
The team of doctors include Dr. Myint Myint Khine (Chief Medical Officer, Yankin Children’s Hospital), Prof. Aung Ye Oo (Cardiothoracic Surgeon, UK), Prof. Win Win Kyaw (Cardiothoracic Surgeon), Prof. Aung Thu (Cardiothoracic Surgeon), Prof. Aung Kyi (Anesthetist), Prof. Aye Aye Aye (Cardiac Anesthetist), Prof. Thida Aung (National Blood Bank), Prof. Zaw Than Htun (Chief Physician), Prof. Kyaw Zin Wai (Pediatrician), Associate Professor Khin Yin Yin Htwe (Cardiac Anesthetist), Associate Professor Than Oo (Radiologist), Dr. Lei Lei Htun (General Practitioner), Dr. Nyi Nyi (Cardiac Anesthetist), Dr. Nyan Lin Aung (Perfusionist, Cardiac Anesthetist), Dr. Aung Thein Htut (Physician Assistant, Child Cardiology), and Dr. Than Htike Aung (Cardiac Chief Physician), all working in close proximity.
The heart surgery team was led by Prof. Aung Ye Oo with collaboration from Prof. Win Win Kyaw and Prof. Aung Thu.
Prof. Aung Ye Oo graduated from the Yangon University of Medicine (1) in 1988 and beginning in 2014 held the position of Chief of Surgery and Professor at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in Liverpool, England. He also serves as chairman for the UK Aortic Forum and starting in 2013 has made annual visits to Myanmar and the Yankin Children’s Hospital seven times and has performed surgeries for over 90 patients.
During the surgery for the Yangon Chief Minister, the anesthetic team was led by Prof. Aye Aye Aye with collaboration from Associate Professor Khin Yin Yin Htwe, Dr. Nyan Lin Aung and the nursing team led by Head Nurse Daw Htwe Khin.
The Ministry for Health and Sports announced that the successful heart surgery performed on Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein by medical staff from Myanmar marks an extraordinary milestone for medicine in Myanmar.—Myanmar News Agency

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