SURVIVORS in North Korea are using their wands to treat brain tumours, as doctors discover they are more adept at performing surgery and using a new type of surgical tool.
Key points:The country has one of the world’s worst brain tumorous rates with more than 400,000 people diagnosed with the disease annuallyThe country’s surgeons are also discovering they are even better at the jobThey are using a surgical incision tool known as a brain dart, which is able to sever the brain and remove brain tissue to remove the cancerous tissueThe surgeons are using it to remove a brain tumor from a patient in North Koreas capital Pyongyang, with more patients expected to surviveThe move, first reported by Reuters, comes as surgeons in the North Korean capital say they are finding that the tool, known as the brain dart for surgical excision, is used by more surgeons than doctors are accustomed to.
“Doctors use a lot of tools, so the brain darts are a new one,” Kim Jong-hyuk, a surgeon at North Korean Medical University Hospital, told Reuters.
“The surgery is performed with such skill that it’s a wonder that people have not heard of it before.”
The North Korean surgeon said the dart was made from a surgical tool called a brain bone.
“It’s a very delicate tool and it is used in a very precise way,” he said.
“When the surgeon is operating on the brain of a patient, he or she can use it as an incision.”
To use it, you need a certain amount of skill, and if the surgeon has not been trained to use it properly, he/she may not be able to perform the operation correctly.
“Surgeons in the capital have been experimenting with a new tool called the brain bone for several years, with North Korea recently making a splash with its first surgical incisions using it.
The country is one of only a handful of countries in the world where a large number of patients with brain tumors are dying in hospitals each year.
The brain bone was made of stainless steel.
The North’s most popular surgeon, Choe Myung-joon, is one such surgeon, with around 30,000 patients, many of whom have died.
The move to develop a brain duster has also caught the attention of the United States.
The United States has a $500 million medical aid package with a $5 billion investment in research and development for brain tummy removal.
The aid package is funded through a Pentagon aid program, which aims to improve the health and lives of people in the United Nations, the United Nation’s human rights chief said.US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday welcomed the North’s decision to create a surgical brain dart and to use the tool in the country’s capital.”
As a doctor, I believe that the world has come a long way in terms of the knowledge we have gained over the last few years, and I look forward to continuing to support that effort,” he told reporters.”
I hope this will inspire other nations to follow suit.
“The US is the only country to have sent a representative to Pyongyang in recent years to observe the operation.
The US has also pledged to send $1 billion in economic aid, but is not currently expected to send a representative.
The decision by the North to use a brain probe, the only known method of brain surgery in the developed world, is a breakthrough in a long struggle between the regime and the international community to end the regime’s nearly 50-year reign of terror.
In the last decade, Pyongyang has spent tens of millions of dollars to develop an advanced surgical tool known by the initials KBS, or the King’s Brain.
The KBS tool, which can be used on a patient’s head or neck, has been used by the Kim family for years.
But in recent weeks, the North has been showing signs of improving its skills.
Last week, North Korea conducted its largest-ever-ever military drill with the military.
Its last military drill in 2010 involved nearly 400,00 troops.
The drill involved firing a variety of ballistic missiles.
The South Korean military said on Wednesday that it has deployed its new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile to a range near the North.
It said the missiles would be able protect against a potential North Korean attack by striking a South Korean city, Seoul.
The deployment of the THAAD is a significant escalation in South Korea’s defence plans in the face of the North Korea threat.
The THAADS are capable of intercepting short-range ballistic missiles that could reach Japan, a country which is currently at war with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In April, the South Korean Defence Ministry said that it had deployed a number of missile launchers on its soil to defend against North Korea’s growing military capabilities.