Dr Yahya: The Man Who Tun M Trusted with His Heart

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Dr Yahya: The Man Who Tun M Trusted with His Heart

AWANI Review’s Mariam Azmi meets the heart surgeon who carved his name in Malaysian medicine for carrying out the first heart transplant locally and had a leading role in setting up the Institut Jantung Negara where he operated on Tun M’s heart.

This is one man who fixes broken hearts literally. Cardio-surgeon Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang not only has set up the National Heart Institute (IJN) and Cardio Vascular Sentral Kuala Lumpur (CVSKL) but he is also probably the one keeping the Prime Minister’s heart pumping. Yahya is Tun Dr Mahathir’s personal cardio surgeon, who performed two coronary artery bypasses on the man who is now the oldest elected politician in the world. We might not be the most experienced team in...

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