Myanmar’s tallest man undergoes successful surgery


Win Zaw Oo (center) arrives from Singapore at the Yangon international airport on Thursday. AFP PHOTO

YANGON: 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 seven feet eight inches tall arrived in Yangon on Thursday from the city-state where specialists carried out the life-saving eight-hour operation.

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 $55,000 surgery.

“Everything is fine with me now,” the 36-year-old, nicknamed “Big Zaw” told reporters on Thursday.

“There is a of bit problem with one of my eyes. The eyesight is a bit hazy.”

Smiling for the cameras at Yangon airport and wearing a custom made shirt and trousers, Win Zaw Oo said he would soon return to his village in Magway region, adding: “I have missed my mother so much.”

Doctors said Win Zaw Oo, who left Myanmar last month, should stop growing after the removal of the tumor on his pituitary gland, which was causing his body to produce excessive growth hormones.

Khin Maung Win, a liver specialist who contacted Win Zaw Oo after his condition came to light and offered to pay most of the costs, said the operation was a “100 percent success.”

“If he did not have the treatment, he would have grown taller and taller . . . and he would die. Now he has the chance to live,” he said. “Win Zaw Oo is now a normal healthy man.”

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 168 centimeters average Myanmar man.



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