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Geelani in hospital after complaint of chest pain, is stable

While his condition was reported to be stable by the afternoon, he was admitted in the ICU for observation, revealed sources.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/srinagar |
March 11, 2016 1:03:48 am
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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani (86) was admitted to a hospital in the Capital on Thursday after he suffered a sudden blackout episode and complained of breathlessness and chest pain.

While his condition was reported to be stable by the afternoon, he was admitted in the ICU for observation, revealed sources.

Geelani, who was rushed to the Max Hospital in Saket, had suffered from an episode of “syncope”.

According to doctors, syncope is a condition characterised by a sudden drop in blood pressure, leading to a blackout.

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“Mr Syed Ali Shah Geelani was brought into Max Hospital, Saket emergency with an episode of syncope (fainting episode)…He is at present stable and under evaluation by the cardiology and neurology team of the hospital,” a statement by Max Healthcare authorities said.


Doctors said that Geelani was admitted to the ICU and evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team of cardiologists and neurologists. Sources said a battery of cardiology tests were performed as Geelani had complained of chest pain.

A Hurriyat team comprising Geelani’s Personal Secretary Peer Saifullah, Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar and senior leader Raja Mehraj-ud-din rushed to New Delhi after hearing the news.


Hurriyat Conference spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that the separatist leader complained of chest pain in the morning. “He was immediately moved to the nearby Max Hospital where he was admitted in the ICU…The doctors conducted necessary medical examinations, including an ECG, and he was administered oxygen,” he added.

Former J&K CM Omar Abdullah wished Geelani “speedy recovery” in a tweet. Pakistan’s foreign ministry too released a statement stating that PM Nawaz Sharif prayed for Geelani’s full and speedy recovery” and “good health”.

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First published on: 11-03-2016 at 01:03:48 am
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