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Veteran opposition leader in hospital

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - Win Tin, a member of the Central Executive Committee of the National League for Democracy, who was hospitalised on Saturday and underwent a cardiac surgery, is recovering and will be discharged soon, a relative said.

The 80-year old opposition leader was admitted to ‘Asia Taw Win’ special clinic in Rangoon’s San Chaung Township on Saturday and was operated upon on Sunday.

“We took him to the clinic on Saturday evening. The operation was performed on Sunday afternoon. Doctors inserted a pace maker as they found that his heart beats were slow,” his relative, Thet Naing Oo, told Mizzima.  

Thet Naing Oo said the veteran journalist’s health is improving and he is likely to be discharged from the clinic on Tuesday. But doctors have forbidden use of electronic equipment including telephones near him.

Win Tin, after serving a 19-year prison sentence, was released on September 2008. But ever since his release, he has been complaining of various health problems including eye problems.

Win Tin earlier told Mizzima that he had problems with his eyesight, and an operation is needed. But doctors dare not carry out an operation as his pulse rate is below normal.

“When I had my eyes checked up, doctors said I need an operation but they dare not do it because when they checked my pulse rate it was much below normal. My pulse rate is only about 40-50 beats per minute, where as the normal rate is about 80-90,” Win Tin told Mizzima in an earlier interview.   

The former editor served as an advisor to the detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1989.

In 1996, he received an additional seven-year sentence for writing a testimonial to the United Nations on torture and the lack of medical treatment in Insein Prison.

In 2001, he was awarded the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize of UNESCO and the World Association of Newspapers also named him winner of the Golden Pen of Freedom Award.


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