Family of young woman shot in head during anti-coup protest say they are ready to take her off life support

The family of the young woman who police shot in the head at a protest in Naypyitaw this week have decided to take her off of life support after doctors declared her brain dead. 

Mya Thwe Thwe Khine, 20, was at a protest near the Thabyay Gone roundabout in Naypyitaw on February 9 when police open fired, hitting her in the head and injuring several others. 

“We haven’t decided when we’ll do it yet,” Thwe Thwe Khine’s brother-in-law, who requested to be unnamed, told Myanmar Now on Friday.

“Medically, they’ve deemed her as deceased because the brain stopped functioning. She’ll pass away quickly once the plug for the ventilator is removed,” a doctor at the hospital who asked to remain anonymous said.

Her family has requested a photo of the bullet inside the head but the decision was up to the forensic doctor, the doctor continues.

Another protester, 23-year-old So Wai, has been discharged from the hospital after police shot him in the chest, as has Win Htet Moe, 26, who was hit in the left forearm.

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