Tuesday, October 02, 2007

A Monk Wounded by Gunshot Transferred Out of Hospital by Junta

Source: http://dvb.no

A monk, one of four patients seeking treatment for gunshot wounds in Yangon General Hospital's Critical Care Unit, was seen being urgently escorted out of the hospital by Junta, an eyewitness said.

On the 27th of September, the shooting near Sule Pagoda left 3 men and a monk with gunshot wounds. One of them is Ko Mya Than Hteik from ThinGanGyun Township.

The monk is estimated to be about 30 years old and was injured on his arm. He was warded at the hospital after the shooting on the 27th, but was taken away by junta on the 29th morning, said the wife of Ko Mya Than Hteik, who witnessed the incident.

"The monk is gone. We don't know where they will bring him to. The monk's arm has been cast in plaster. He was in hospital for 3 days. They took him away yesterday morning. I mean, the policemen. We were not allowed to talk to each other."

When asked about her husband, she replied:
"He has not been transferred anywhere; he's still in the General Hospital, in the Critical Care Unit. He’s doing well mentally but he can't walk. He can't even sit up. The bullet entered through the big toe and went out just below the knee. He's getting better but the family members are not allowed to see him, except our nephew who sleeps over in the ward. His mother is 70 plus and she would like to see her son, but was not allowed to enter. The first day when it happened, we went to the hospital. I saw him for a short while. On the second day, I stayed in the hospital. I got to see him for a bit the next morning. In the evening, we couldn't visit him. We asked for permission, but they refused. They're afraid of news leaks. They said they won't allow any visitors."

Among the other patients, one man was likely to have to amputate his leg below the knee as the bullet shot through his bone. The other man, U Tun Shwe, also from ThinGanGyun, sustained an injury on the arm.

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