Dr Saw Khay Yong on founding KL Sports Medicine Centre and its revolutionary work in stem cell therapy

Highly lauded by international medical professionals, the centre grew into a prominent destination for medical tourism.

Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre (KLSMC)'s founder and director, Dr Saw Khay Yong (Photography by SooPhye)

Spectators exclaimed in horror at the 2018 MotoGP Asia Talent Cup race when Danial Syahmi Sharil almost lost his life in a serious accident. The 16-year-old rising star had a terrifying collision that saw him thrown off his motorcycle and then run over by a fellow racer on the Sepang International Circuit that November, suffering serious injuries in his lower left leg. A helicopter immediately rushed him to Hospital Kuala Lumpur where the fractured bones in his leg were removed during emergency surgery. It was thought to be the end of the young talent’s promising career.

Fast forward a year and Danial is recovering steadily at the Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre (KLSMC), reclaiming his mobility with regenerated bones and nursing dreams of getting back to racing again. It is an aspiration the centre’s founder and director, Dr Saw Khay Yong, thinks is entirely possible. Probable, in fact.

It is a sunny weekday morning and most of the colourful therapy beds facing verdant Bukit Damansara are occupied by patients of all ages and nationalities. This is a medical centre unlike any other. The physiotherapy area we are in is spacious and bright with sunlight pouring in through the large windows. Patients are engaged in a variety of exercises, and the mood seems almost cheerful, unlike the typically sombre atmosphere of a physiotherapy unit.

Carmel Dwan is chattering genially with her therapist as she is put through her paces. She was living in England when she was told she needed a total knee replacement but read about Saw’s innovative stem cell technology and decided to seek treatment here. Instead of living with a metal knee and restricted mobility, she flies in to Kuala Lumpur a couple of times a year for stem cell injections that, within two years alongside non-invasive surgery, will see her regain ease of movement. “I’m completely pain-free now and almost as good as new,” she testifies.



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