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Reporter may be first in Sabah to have Cyberknife surgery

Published on: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kota Kinabalu: Daily Express Senior Reporter Barnard Martin Yaang, who is currently warded at Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2, might be the first patient in Sabah to undergo robotic Cyberknife surgery.

Yaang was admitted to the hospital after suffering a mild stroke at his house in Penampang on Dec 23 and has a blood clot in the head.

Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad said she will bring his case to the attention of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 (QEH 2), Social Welfare Department and the Beacon International Specialist Centre to study the case and see whether the Cyberknife treatment is suitable for him.

Beacon International Specialist Centre is located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor and they specialise in Cyberknife treatment, which is a robotic radiosurgery system used for treating benign tumors, malignant tumors and other medical conditions.

It is a non-invasive, precisely targeted form of stereotactic radiosurgery, which provides a new option to surgical treatment of cancer.

"I was approached by the Beacon International Specialist Centre a few months ago of their intention to conduct Corporate Social Responsibility together with my Ministry," she told reporters after visiting Yaang and his family at the hospital on Sunday.

Also present was Sabah Wanita Umno Chief Datuk Armani Mahiruddin.

"We are studying the MoU to get a clear-cut detail on the form of cooperation it will take. I do not want any hidden cost because at the end of the day, it's the patient who will be waiting.

"Perhaps in the MoU, the Government will pay for the transportation, while the surgery cost will be borne by Beacon International Specialist Centre and follow-up will be done at the hospital in Sabah who will also bear the cost of medicines," Jainab added.

She said a Memorandum of Understanding is scheduled to take place between the Sabah Social Welfare Department and the Beacon International Specialist Centre based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor next month, adding she hoped Yaang would be the first to benefit from the MoU.

As a gesture of appreciation to the media, Jainab donated a reclining bed to Yaang during his treatment.

She and Armani also visited former Sabah Umno Wanita Chief and Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Dayang Mahani Tun Raffae who was admitted to the same hospital after fracturing her spine during a fall at her home.