Updated 2.49pm, 29 April 2009
SHAH ALAM, 29 April 2009: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, left for the United States today to undergo heart mitral valve repair or replacement at the Stanford University Medical Centre in Palo Alto, San Francisco, California.
The sultan will undergo the surgery on 2 May and would be under treatment at the hospital for three weeks, said Selangor State Secretary Datuk Ramli Mahmud.
“His Majesty left for Singapore yesterday and flew to San Francisco from there at 9am today,” he told a news conference, which was also attended by the sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani.
Ramli said cardiothoracic surgeon Prof Dr Alan Yeung and mitral valve specialist Prof Dr Craig Miller would attend to the sultan at the Stanford University Medical Centre.
He said the sultan had asked the people of Selangor not to be worried and to pray for a successful surgery.
“I have also asked the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department to seek the cooperation of the mosque and surau committees in the state for the reciting of the Yassin and doa selamat on Thursday and to hold the solat hajat after the Friday prayers at all Selangor mosques during the treatment of the sultan,” he said.
Ramli said the sultan was accompanied on the trip to the United States by his younger brother, Tengku Indera Setia Selangor, Tengku Ahmad Shah; a medical specialist from the Sime Darby Medical Centre in Subang Jaya, Datuk Setia Dr Anuar Masduki; a member of the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor, Tan Sri Syed Mohd Yusof Tun Syed Nasir; the Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja, Datuk Zakaria Abd Rahman, and two friends of the sultan. — Bernama