Thursday, September 21, 2017

Interplast Germany conducts free operations

U Tin Aung, 48, sits beside the bed where his only daughter, 18-year-old Ma Aye Mar, lies with a blood-stained bandage on her neck.

“The doctors cut her thyroid from her neck yesterday,” he explains.

“My daughter can live like other girls from now on,” he says happily.

U Tin Aung said they had driven more than half an hour from their home in Kyauktaga township to Bago General Hospital on September 27, after hearing from an association in their township that a team of surgeons from the Munich section of Interplast Germany would come to Bago to perform free reconstructive operations.

From September 27 to October 7, the German group, in collaboration with the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery at Yangon General Hospital, was expected to perform more than 200 operations to correct cleft lips and palates, burns, thyroid problems and other damage or deformations of the skin and body.

For many of the patients, these are life-changing operations.

U Tin Aung said his daughter was an outstanding student until she started developing hypothyroidism when she was 12 years old.

“When I found she had thyroid problems we went to Taungoo Hospital and the doctors there asked to conduct an operation immediately,” he said.