Kulsoom Nawaz on ventilator after ‘cardiac arrest’

LONDON: Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a London hospital late Thursday after her condition deteriorated further, her family said on social media.

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Maryam Nawaz, her daughter, and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, both confirmed the development on Twitter, with the former making an “earnest request for duas [prayers]”.

It is reported that Begum Kulsoom collapsed in the ICU after a cardiac arrest and had not regained consciousness since. She was being kept on the ventilator, life-support machine, and emergency medicines, they added.

On Wednesday, the wife of the former premier was readmitted to the hospital, whereafter she was taken to the emergency unit last night as her condition had deteriorated.

The sources further stated that she was being kept under intensive care and her condition was being closely monitored.

Shehbaz Sharif, who is Nawaz’s brother, requested the nation to join him in prayers for speedy recovery.

“My Bhabhi [sister-in-law] Begum Kalsoom Nawaz is being kept in ICU due to her serious condition. The whole family is praying for her recovery.

“As the Holy Month of Ramadan comes to an end, I ask my compatriots to join me in prayers for her speedy recovery. The power of prayer is paramount,” he tweeted.

Further, Imran Khan, the chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also tweeted his well wishes to Begum Kulsoom after her condition deteriorated late Thursday.

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