Health of NLD’s Tin Oo ‘much improved,’ says hospital official

Health of NLD’s Tin Oo ‘much improved,’ says hospital official

The superintendent of Rangoon General Hospital, Dr. Aye Ko Ko, has said the health of National League for Democracy patron Tin Oo, who was hospitalised after he fell at his home last week, is improving and his condition is no longer “life-threatening.”

The 90-year-old party stalwart had been under intensive care at Rangoon General Hospital’s neurological ward after he fell in the bathroom of his home and lost consciousness in the early hours of 18 May. He appeared to have suffered a paralytic stroke due to the clotting of blood vessels to the brain.

Aye Ko Ko told DVB on Monday that Tin Oo’s condition was no longer life-threatening and he has shown signs that his cognitive abilities remain intact, although he is still incapable of speech and has only limited motor functions.

“We can say the odds are in our favour as his condition is no longer life-threatening and much improved from when he first arrived. At the moment, he is still unable to move his right arm and leg, or speak, but he is well cognitive,” said the hospital chief.

“He understands when we speak to him and has responded to commands, such as to show his tongue or move a finger.”

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An announcement signed by Aye Ko Ko and released on Monday said 15 medical specialists were involved in treating the nonagenarian.

Since his hospitalisation last week, Tin Oo’s supporters have held candlelight vigils across Burma to pray for his recovery.

A former commander-in-chief of the Burma Army, Tin Oo later became a founding member of the ruling NLD in 1988, when the party and its membership from its outset faced significant political persecution by the junta government of the time.

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