Four years ago Indonesian Tan Istanto Tanzil started experiencing difficulty in breathing and walking a distance.  He was prescribed medication and advised to undergo a heart bypass.  Mr. Tanzil was apprehensive of the complications that may occur.

A catheter probe revealed  five of Mr. Tanzil’s arteries were blocked, putting him at high risk of getting a heart attack.

He got in contact with the National Heart Centre. Mr Tanzil’s daughter, Ivana, explained, “My father feels safe and more comfortable having the operation in Singapore.”

Arrangements were made with an international patient liaison officer at the National Heart Centre. After further tests and an examination by a cardiologist at the National Heart Centre, Mr Tanzil underwent a coronary artery bypass graft. The Centre’s cardiothoracic surgeons performed the successful six-hour operation.

Post-operation, Mr Tanzil was warded for observation for eight days. He expressed his appreciation for doctors and nurses at the National Heart Centre. Ivana translated, “The hospital is nice and the medical equipment are very modern. Service is good as well, especially in the intensive care unit and high dependency ward. The nurses made frequent checks on my father to ensure that he was all right and comfortable.”
Cost-wise, Ivana revealed that the cost of operation in Singapore was not much more expensive than having one in Indonesia.

When asked if the family intends to visit Singapore again, Mr. Tanzil’s wife said, “Definitely for jalan-jalan. Singapore is a very nice place."

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