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Myanmar girl with tongue hemangiomas receives treatment in Taiwan

Myanmar girl with tongue hemangiomas receives treatment in Taiwan

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) With the help of a local charitable group, a girl from Myanmar who suffers from extensive hemangiomas of the tongue -- or severe swelling -- arrived in Taiwan on Monday for treatment. Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps (TRMPC, ?????), a private non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free medical services, discovered during a trip to Myanmar in August last year that Pu Shuan-ting (???), a girl of Chinese descent living in a mountainous area in northern Myanmar, has a swollen tongue that was bleeding irregularly and cannot be withdrawn into the mouth, TRMPC Chairman Liu Chi-chun (???) said Thursday. The swelling gradually increased to the present size that is three times the normal size of a child's tongue, according to Liu. Hemangiomas that are common in infancy and childhood are an abnormal buildup of blood vessels that may occur in any vascularized tissue, largely in the skin or internal organs, Liu said.
He cited an Afghanistan patient who developed the symptoms of a proliferation of blood vessels in the tongue and mouth that made him unable to sleep well due to breathing difficulties. Hemangiomas that interfere with eating or breathing need to be treated early, Liu said, adding that if the condition is diagnosed early enough, it can be treated effectively. That's why Liu said he discussed with medical physicians at Tri-Service General Hospital about how they can treat the girl and decided to bring her to Taiwan for treatment. Considering that the financial problems facing the Pu family, the group decided to pay all expenses associated with travel to the island, including air tickets, local transportation, food and accommodation, as well as medical bills. After arriving in Taiwan accompanied by her mother and aunt, Pu underwent an x-ray examination at Tri-Service General Hospital and had an angiogram on Thursday. (By Sunrise Huang and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-20 10:21 GMT+08:00