This stamp issue is to highlight the importance of good health, and to acknowledge the medical excellence achieved in Malaysia. Without good health and excellent breakthrough in medical technologies to help each of us achieve the optimum health, we will not be able to enjoy a comfortable and good life at its fullest with family, friends and society.
This issue also highlights the excellence achieved by Malaysia in medical field at the international level. These fields include Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency where the stem cell on the outer most layer of the cornea is destroyed resulting in severe loss of vision; whereas the Premaxilla Retractor which has been modified and made in Malaysia gives new hope to children born with cleft lip and the first successful Lim Transplant in the world which made the world record.
Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency
Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD) is a severe corneal abnormality of the human eye where the limbal stem cells are damaged due to severe ocular diseases, chemical of thermal burns. Limbal stem cells with their inherent ability for self renewal and differentiation are important for the maintenance of corneal epithelial cell mass under both normal conditions and following injury. Damage to the limbal stem cells therefore has a severe consequence on corneal wound healing and ocular surface integrity. Transplantation of cultivated limbal epitelium is the most recent treatment for LSCD and researchers from the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) have successfully developed the bioengineered ocular surface tissue for this purpose.
Premaxilla Retractor is a device to help babies born with cleft lips where the premaxilla protrusions result in wide clefts.
With this clinical innovation by a team of experts from various disciplines, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Paediatric Dentistry, the Premaxilla Retractor helps in situations where the premaxilla protrusions pose difficulties in repairing the deformity. The risk of post-surgery tear and other related issues during and after the surgery can also be avoided.
In the year 2000, Malaysia created history in the Hand and Microsurgery when the first arm transplant surgery was performed successfully onto a deformed limb of a four-week-old girl, as recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. She was also the first and youngest person in the world to undergo a transplant for a whole limb. Led by the hospital's consultant and head of the Hand and Microsurgery Department form the Selayang Hospital, the ream of 55 medical staff successfully transplanted the arm over a 15 hour surgery.
This victory was also featured by the Discovery Channel around the world in a three part series called Under The Knife.