Tun Dr. Mahathir undergoing heart surgery on Tuesday morning

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is under going a scheduled heart surgery at IJN on Tuesday, according to his son, Dato’ Mokhzani Mahathir. Recently, he was admitted to IJN for scheduled check ups.

Since 8 November last year, Tun Dr. Mahathir have had three heart attacks and hospitalized in IJN. He was admitted into IJN upon returning from Johor Bahru on 10 February 2007, where he made the call for UMNO leaders to not fear leadership change and again on 15 May 2007, whilst on a private visit to Langkawi. The latter was a rather serious attack and he was flown back to Kuala Lumpur and admitted immediately to IJN the moment the IJN specialist who flew to Langkawi to treat him managed to stabilise him and able to take a flight.

He had his heart by-pass after his first heart attack in 1989. It was done by Tan Sri Mr. Yahya Awang, then the eminent cardio-thoracic surgeon at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. The success and confidence generated from this triple heart by-pass led to the inception and birth of Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) and that had served thousands of Malaysians, including children with heart ailments. An IJN cardiologist, Dato’ Dr. Nasir Muda serve as his personal physician.

The decision for this heart by-pass surgery was made after the results obtained during his admission to IJN on 18 August 2007. Former IJN Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery Tan Sri Mr. Yahya Awang, will lead a team of cardiothoracic surgeons which include the current Head Dato’ Mr. Azahari Yaakob and the Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery from the Mayo Clinic, United States will guide the procedure. The biggest concern for this surgery is his age.

Rocky’s Bru also has the story.

*An update as of 900am, Monday 3 Sept 2007. Socio-political blogger A Voice and photo-journo-blogger Jinggo is planning to hold a special Sembahyang Hajat prayer at the Masjid Jame’ Kampung Baru after Isya’ tonight, circa 830pm. All are welcome.

*An update as of 1045am, Monday 3 Sept 2007. Sufi Yusoff, PA to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has just relased a media statement from IJN

 

 

MEDIA STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Institut Jantung Negara, 3 September…

 

YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad was admitted to Institut Jantung Negara yesterday (Sunday, September 2, 2007). This is in preparation for an elective coronary bypass surgery.

 

 

The surgery will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at IJN.

 

 

This is Tun Dr Mahathir’s second coronary bypass. The first was done in 1989.

 

 

Tun Dr Mahathir will be attended to by a panel of doctors headed by YBhg Dato Seri Dr. Robaayah Zambahari, IJN’s Medical Director. YBhg Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang who was the cardiac surgeon responsible for performing the first cardiac coronary bypass on Tun Dr Mahathir will be heading the surgery team.

 

 

Doctors have advised against Tun Dr Mahathir receiving any visitors with the exception of immediate family members.

 

 

For media enquiries please contact Sufi Yusoff

 

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