Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1474. About Dr Thein Tun Aung, Veterinary Surgeon


On August 22, 2014, as I walked towards the Grand Hyatt, Singapore (Video) to celebrate the 60th birthday of a friend, I recalled happy memories of a house-call in this hotel.

A FEARLESS VET - Case of a cat that has a needle in his mouth.
It was in July 20, 2010. The cat of an expatriate manager living in the Grand Hyatt had swallowed a needle. The thread hung out from the mouth. The cat pawed the manager every time he tried to open the mouth. So he phoned Toa Payoh Vets.

I requested Dr Aung to help me and Dr Saw. I knew he was good at handling cats. Fearless. The cat hid between the WC and wall of the master bedroom bathroom. Dr Aung grabbed the cat by the scruff of the neck before I could say "hello". The cat clawed him and escaped to hide behind the curtains.

"Prepare the sedative injection first," I said to Dr Aung. Then he approached the cat behind the curtains and gripped his scruff. I injected the backside muscle.
Suddenly, another cart pounced onto Dr Aung in a suicide attack. This was unexpected. The expatriate removed this cat. We wrapped the patient in a towel and pulled out the needle (Images x 2). The cat was back to normal. A happy ending.

A DEDICATED VET - Case of a chicken bone 3/4 in the gullet and 1/4 in the stomach of a Maltese.
Dr Aung would watch me performing this uncommon surgery on his day off from his employer.

In this case of the continuously vomiting dog, X-ray showed the chicken humerus bone stuck between the gullet and the stomach.  IMAGES X 1  X-RAY
"What will you do?" I asked him. This is part of my coaching method to elicit ideas from Dr Aung. "Should I cut it into two halves?"
He shook his head.
I had given an anti-spasmodic earlier. I pulled the bone out from the gullet and stomach easily. The dog recovered.


Now, it is 2014. Dr Aung has a busy practice in Yangon. Royal Asia Veterinary Surgery (video). He started his practice in 2010 and every day is a busy day. His medical and surgical skills acquired from his 20 years of working for vets in .....clinics in Singapore were a result of his sacrifices of being overseas.

Belief, Passion, Drive, Perseverance and Focus
20 years in Singapore working as an employee for vets in 5 vet clinics.
Acquired knowledge, skill and expertise.

He was never my employee

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