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

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 - Page 11

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)