Dilip Kumar’s health stable, might get discharged soon

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s health has got stable now and according to the doctors the actor might get released in a couple of days. He is recovering speedily. Dilip Kumar is still under observation at the hospital.

90 years old Dilip Kumar was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Sunday at 9 pm after he complained of breathlessness and chest pain. The press release from the hospital stated that the actor suffered from myocardial infarction (heart attack).

The actor is admitted under the care of cardiologist Dr Nitin Gokhale in the Intensive Care Unit on 6th floor of Lilavati Hospital.

A source close to the actor said, “He (Dilip Kumar) is doing fine. He is recovering, but is under observation... there is nothing to worry. He will be there in hospital for two-three (more) days.”

Dr Narendra Bansal, head of cardiology at state-run JJ Hospital in Byculla said about the heart attack, “The attack happens when a portion of the heart is cut off of blood supply. Blood supply to the arteries supplying blood to inferior wall can occur due to deposition of fat plaque. Inferior wall is smaller in size hence the impact is huge. Such attacks happen due to multiple reasons including ageing. Surgery might not be a viable option at such an old age and therefore treating doctors might opt for conservative treatment with drugs.”

The hospital stated, “In view of his advanced age and post-bypass status, he needs close monitoring in the ICU.”

According to Dilip Kumar’s wife and actress Saira Banu, the actor underwent a heart surgery some 14 years back.

Dilip Kumar’s original name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan. He was born on December 11, 1922 in Peshawar which is now a city in Pakistan.

His Bollywood career spanned for almost six decades. Dilip Kumar was the first actor in Indian cinema to receive Filmfare award for the best actor. The award was started in 1954. Till now, Dilip Kumar has received eight Filmfare awards and shares the record number of awards in the same category with Shahrukh Khan.

For his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, Dilip Kumar received the Padma Bhushan in 1991. He also received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994. For the term 2000-2006, he was also the nominated member of Rajya Sabha.

In 1998, Government of Pakistan also conferred him with the the highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz.