Suu Kyi has low blood pressure
Yangon – The doctor of detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is suffering from low blood pressure, after examining her for the first time since she was returned to house arrest last month.
Suu Kyi’s lawyer and party spokesman Nyan Win said Dr. Tin Myo Win and his assistant were allowed to visit her house Sunday.
‘The doctor said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s health is generally good but she’s suffering from low blood pressure,’ said Nyan Win.
‘Daw’ is a term of respect used for older women.
Nyan Win said the doctor assumed that her low blood pressure was due to an inadequate diet.
A Myanmar court on Aug. 11 found Suu Kyi, 64, guilty of violating the terms of her previous period of house arrest by sheltering an uninvited American visitor. Her sentence of three years in prison with hard labor was reduced to 18 months of new house arrest by military junta leader Senior Gen. Than Shwe.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been detained for about 14 of the past 20 years for her nonviolent political activities, but this year was the first time she faced criminal charges. She suffered from dehydration and low blood pressure as well as muscle cramps in May after her arrest.
Sunday’s visit was the first time that Suu Kyi’s personal physician has been allowed to see her since she was sent back to her lakeside home after her conviction.
Tin Myo Win is one of the very few people allowed access to Suu Kyi under the rigid terms of her confinement. He was detained for questioning by authorities in May after the American man was arrested for sneaking into her closely guarded home.
Asked if Tin Myo Win will now be allowed to give Suu Kyi medical checkups on a regular basis, Nyan Win said he hoped so, ‘but it’s not clear yet when and how often the doctor can visit her.’