Suu Kyi triggers health concerns

Detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been suffering from low blood pressure that required treatment from her family doctor, lawyer Kyi Win said.

According to two separate government officials quoted by AFP, however, the 64-year-old was briefly taken to hospital on Sunday over concerns about her heart, but discharged 45 minutes later.

“When I went to see her on Wednesday with U Nyan Win, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said her blood pressure has dropped and she suffers a bit of dizziness,” said Kyi Win.

“When she told us that she had a little dizziness, we went to Special Branch [SB] police to get help as soon as we came out. SB took action straight away and they informed Saya Tin Myo Win [Suu Kyi’s doctor] and he went to see her the following day.”

Neither the government nor Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has issued any official statement regarding her health.

After the 2003 Depayin massacre, in which a government-backed mob attacked and killed 70 people traveling in a convoy with Suu Kyi, she has been occasionally suffering from low blood pressure, dehydration and loss of appetite.

Additional reporting by Naw Noreen

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