Myanmar Veteran Activist Still in Critical Condition, Supporter Pray for Recovery

Win Tin Still in Critical Condition, Supporters Pray for Recovery

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NLD members and people from civil society organizations staged a candle-light vigil for Win Tin’s good health at the entrance of Rangoon General Hospital on April 2, 2014 afternoon. (Photo: Sai Zaw / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — Win Tin, the octogenarian co-founder of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, remains in critical condition and under intensive care in Rangoon General Hospital for a fifth day. A group of supporters have started gathering to pray for the recovery of the veteran journalist and outspoken democracy activist.

“Doctors said he is not yet in safe condition as there’s bleeding from the colon,” said Kyaw Aung, the secretary of Win Tin Foundation, a group founded by Win Tin to take care of former political prisoners and their families.

Win Tin was admitted to a private hospital on March 12 seeking treatments for respiratory problems and hip pain. He was moved to Rangoon General on Saturday after his health failed to improve and as the public hospital has better medical equipment. He was reportedly put on oxygen therapy after losing consciousness.

A group of around 30 people from the NLD, Generation Wave and the Laiza Peace March group gathered at Shwedagon Pagoda on Wednesday morning to pray for the 85-year-old.

On Wednesday evening, some NLD members and people from civil society organizations staged a candle-light vigil for Win Tin at the entrance of Rangoon General Hospital.

After Aung San Suu Kyi, Win Tin is one of Burma’s best-known opposition figures. Since his release from prison in 2008, he has continued to wear his blue prison-issued uniform as a sign of solidarity with other political prisoners. He refused to return the shirt in April last year when the police demanded it back.


4 Responses to Win Tin Still in Critical Condition, Supporters Pray for Recovery

  1. Sorry to hear about his illness.Best wishes for speedy recovery.

  2. Get well soon Saya U Win Tin! We need you to lead the nation freed from military dictatorship.

  3. Wish U win tin to get full recovery quickly to see the real abolish 2008 Nargic constitution (bama military favored).

  4. Pray for the quick recovery. 1. General supportive measures including blood transfusion. 2. CT with contrast [100ccs visipaque 320] if creatinine is below 1.5 and/or renal plasma flow more than 50 to see mass .
    2.TCm 99 tagged WBC to see source of bleed.
    3.After proper prep, do Celiac,SMA arteriography to see site of bleed and clog off with autologous blood or gelfoam.
    4.Surgery despite age,in deft hands.
    5.Ask for donations from the wealthy ten for Singapore General trip.
    6. Do not give up without a fight.
    7. Ask Norman Hla for more opinion, I believe he may be a 1964 MC1 grad with FRCS, in my dim memory over half a century.

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