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Pak cricket fan gets a 'hearty' good-bye

March 23, 2005 18:17 IST

A Pakistani cricket fan, who suffered heart problems after failing to withstand the tension in the first Test between India and Pakistan, has been successfully operated upon at a hospital in Mohali.

Mohammad Qasim, 52, felt a severe chest pain on March eight and underwent a by-pass surgery 10 days later after tests revealed that he had over 95 per cent blockades in two vessels.

Dr T S Mahant, Executive Director, Cardio thoracic and vascular surgery, Fortis Hospital, conducted the operation.

Qasim told reporters he was feeling fine and would be returning home in a day or two. His wife Ruksana and son Asan were with him at the hospital.

Hospital's Chief Operating Officer Jasbir Singh Grewal said the cost of the surgery was over Rs two lakh, which was waived off as a special gesture.

He said the hospital would soon start an exchange programme with Agha Khan hospital in Pakistan.

"We are exploring for tie-ups with hospitals in Pak," he added.

Fortis hospital, Punjab Cricket Association's official health provider, offered free treatment to 32 Pakistani fans, who had come to India to cheer for their country.

 


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