Former president Iajuddin Ahmed was put on artificial life support at a city hospital on Wednesday noon after he suffered from cardiac complications, said family sources.
He was rushed to Apollo Hospitals in the morning that day from his Gulshan-1 residence after complaining of chest pains, said his nephew actor Teli Samad.
After receiving treatment at the emergency unit, Iajuddin was shifted to the hospital’s Critical Care Unit as his condition deteriorated and provided the artificial life support, said Teli Samad.
Teli Samad said Iajuddin underwent a successful open-heart surgery in Singapore four years ago, when he was the country’s president, but began suffering from cardiac complications around five months ago.
Doctors told Iajuddin’s family that they are considering to do an angiogram (a medical imaging technique used to visualise the inside of blood vessels and organs) of his heart, said Teli Samad.
Meanwhile, Iajuddin’s wife Prof Anwara Begum also fell ill yesterday morning with high blood pressure. Anwara, the vice chancellor of Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology, was undergoing treatment at the same hospital.
Iajuddin is under the supervision of Dr Shahabuddin Ahmed Talukder of the hospital, said family members. However, the doctor could not be reached for his comment on Iajuddin’s health condition despite several attempts.
Iajuddin was the president of Bangladesh from 2002 to 2009. Besides, he acted as the chief adviser to a caretaker government from October 29, 2006 to January 11, 2007.
Our Munsiganj correspondent reports that Prof Anwara sought blessings from the countrymen for her husband’s recovery.