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Myanmar’s ‘tallest man’ undergoes successful surgery
緬甸「最高男」經歷成功手術

Myanmar’s tallest man Win Zaw Oo arrives at Yangon international airport in Myanmar on Aug. 15 to depart for Singapore to seek medical aid.
緬甸最高的男人溫藻烏八月十五日抵達緬甸仰光國際機場,準備出發前往新加坡尋求醫療支援。

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照片:歐新社

Myanmar’s tallest man — “Big Zaw” — has returned from Singapore where doctors said he underwent successful brain surgery to remove a tumor responsible for his excessive growth.

Win Zaw Oo, who stands 233cm tall, arrived in Yangon on Thursday from the city-state.

Media reports about “Big Zaw,” who is believed to be the tallest man in the former junta-ruled nation, stirred global interest leading to offers to pay for the US$55,000 surgery.

Win Zaw Oo, who has spent much of his life barefoot because his family was unable to afford special shoes, is significantly taller than the 168cm average Myanmar man.

His case has cast light on the limitations of Myanmar’s threadbare healthcare system, which was neglected during decades of army rule.

A new quasi-civilian regime took power in 2011, but medical care remains woefully inadequate.

(Liberty Times)

緬甸最高的男人「大藻」從新加坡回家了,那裡的醫生說他經歷成功的腦部手術,移除一個讓他不斷長高的腫瘤。

身高兩百三十三公分的溫藻烏,週四從這個城市國家返抵仰光。

媒體有關「大藻」的報導,據信他是(緬甸)這個前軍事統治國家身高最高的男人,引起全世界注意,從而讓贊助者願意負擔這項五萬五千美元的手術。

溫藻烏身高明顯高於平均身高一百六十八公分的緬甸男性,他大多數時候光著腳,因為家裡買不起特製的鞋子。

他的案例凸顯緬甸陳腐醫療體系的限制,這套系統在軍事統治下被忽略了數十年。

新的半文人政權二0一一年起執政,但醫療照護依然嚴重不足。

(自由時報/翻譯:詹立群)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. undergo v.

經歷;蒙受 (jing1 li4; meng2 shou4)

例: The new car underwent its tests successfully.

(新車順利通過測試。)

2. cast light on v. phr.

闡明;使人了解 (chan3 ming2; shi3 ren2 liao2 jie3)

例: The discovery of the dinosaur skeleton may cast light on why they became extinct.

(恐龍骨骸的發現可使人們進一步了解恐龍滅絕原因。)

3. inadequate adj.

不適當;不充分的 (bu2 shi4 dang4; bu4 chong1 fen4 de5)

例: The production is wholly inadequate to meet the demand.

(那產量完全不足以應付需求。)


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