Imran is recuperating fast, say medics

Published: May 9, 2013
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“The important thing is that the spinal canal is intact and Imran is in full control of his limbs and his body functions.” says Dr Sultan. PHOTO: ONLINE

“The important thing is that the spinal canal is intact and Imran is in full control of his limbs and his body functions.” says Dr Sultan. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan is recuperating fast after falling off a makeshift lift, medics said on Wednesday.

Senior PTI leaders, meanwhile, said that Imran would address a public rally in Islamabad on May 9 via video link.

Dr Faisal Sultan, the chief executive officer of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, where Imran is being treated, said the PTI chief would definitely require bed rest for the next three days. He didn’t say when it would be possible for Imran to resume his normal life.

Imran, who had a total of 15 stitches in his head and suffered two minor back fractures, has been moved from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to a private room.

There are minor fractures in his backbone – C3, T1, T5, T6 – and his left third rib, but there is nothing to  be alarmed about, Dr
Sultan told a media briefing. “No damage is done to his skull and brain. All his body parts are functioning and there is no problem in his neurological structure. He can sit till an angle of 45 degree.”

According to Dr Sultan, three senior doctors from Pakistan Army voluntarily examined Imran and went through his test reports. “Other consultants from different medical institutes are also onboard and we are satisfied with Imran’s recovery.”

“The important thing is that the spinal canal is intact and Imran is in full control of his limbs and his body functions.” Dr Sultan said. It was only by the grace of God that Imran had not suffered any ‘neurological compromises’, he added.

A radiologist said that “compression fracture of T6 vertebral body with 40 per cent height loss” resulted in the fractured piece hitting the lung. “Some air from the lung leaked out. He should not put weight on his vertebra as it will pain when he breathes. This condition, however, is not problematic if he rests for two to three weeks.”

The report also mentions a “minimally displaced fracture of the tip of C3 spious process”. The radiologist explained that this is “the third vertebra of neck and it would get fixed pretty soon.”

Regarding a left third rib fracture, he said it does cause pain is of a minor nature. “There is no blood in the brain and the skull bone is intact. There is some blood clotting under stitches but is not a serious concern,” said the doctor who studied the report. “Two to three weeks rest is advised but if moving is absolutely necessary he can move with backbone support.”

Fans throng hospital

Hundreds of fans remain outside the hospital awaiting more news of Imran’s condition as they were not allowed to meet him.

“I am here to show my support and solidarity with Imran Khan. He is the one who can get the country on the road to progress,” said Hamza Ahmad, one of the youngsters gathered outside the hospital.

Besides others, former Pakistan team skippers Shahid Afridi and Inzamamul Haq also visited him in hospital on Wednesday.

‘A video address possible’

Senior PTI leaders, including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Javed Hashmi and Shireen Mazari, said the May 9 public meeting in Islamabad would take place as per schedule. A senior member of PTI said Imran was likely to address the rally via video link.

“A recorded message by Imran might be played at the rally but more chances are that he will address the meeting through a video link.” Speaking at a news conference, Hashmi said that 95 per cent of the election campaign had already been completed and that “PTI will get vote as a result of its 17-year-long struggle and not because of some sympathy wave.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Falcon
    May 9, 2013 - 3:26AM

    Thanks for sharing the details ET. Good to know that he is in good hands and is recovering at a fast pace.

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  • Baloch
    May 9, 2013 - 3:28AM

    May he gets well soon. I have one small question, actually more like a criticism. Some leader in Punjab fell down by himself and all the media focuses on him.Hundreds of people died by earthquake in Balochistan, there was a bomb attack on Dr Abdul Malik and many such incidents but media turns blind eye there. So much discrimination and people asks us whats wrong with us, why we are fighting for independence?

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  • Qureshi
    May 9, 2013 - 4:03AM

    Great to hear the good news

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  • foosh
    May 9, 2013 - 4:24AM

    @Baloch: On a pure human level I agree with your point but Imran is a leader of Pakistan and that is why there is a higher degree of importance. It is same everywhere in the world. If Obama were to get hurt, do you think he would get the same treatment as say average American would? We are all equals but some are more equal than others and its OK. They are more valuable for a country so from my perspective, no issues.

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  • londonistani
    May 9, 2013 - 4:49AM

    just one last effort, nation needs from khan. some how air lift him to the jalsa one last time and then let him take bed rest till sunday until the results start pouring in.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 9, 2013 - 6:24AM

    PTI is going to carry the show on 5/11. God bless you skipper!!!!!

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  • Gulkhaiz
    May 9, 2013 - 6:35AM

    May Allah SWT give speedy recovery to Imran khan . It is sad that Imran met with an accident because of poor administrative arrangements. But still it is an accident which has nothing to do with anything else. However the relentless media campaign is projecting the accident as if he has suffered in combat while fighting for the country .Whereas nonstop blasts and killing of politicians by talibans in KP ,Karachi and Baluchistan is taken as routine terrorists acts .As a matter fact the targeted political parties are the one who are fighting for the continuity of democracy ,the raison d’être of elections. Although ,in a media driven environments of paid advertisements things get obscure but still in order to give correct picture news analysis and events should be projected in true perspective devoid of sensationalism.

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  • Paki
    May 9, 2013 - 7:08AM

    @Baloch:

    You are facing this because of your own, Stop voting feudal lords, vote educated people for your safety and for your future, NO CRY please.

    And Imran is a national leader for your info. Not belong to one province as Nawaz is.

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  • TTP
    May 9, 2013 - 9:30AM

    Thank Allah he is recovering well. We have been praying that all our investment and hopes are not doomed. Once IK is pushed aside there would be no control over the party. Too bad we had lot of hopes with Mush but he turned against us. Let us hope IK does not take the same route.

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  • riz
    May 9, 2013 - 11:05AM

    @Paki:
    without naming nawaz your politics does not work.

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  • Sincerely
    May 9, 2013 - 7:09PM

    @Baloch: My friend I can feel your frustration but a leader like Imran is what is required to solve the issues Balochistan is facing today.
    The reason our whole nation is praying for Imran Khan is not because of his ethnicity but because of what he stands for. I feel he stands for me regardless of my gender, religious beliefs or ethnicity. We are all like one body and when any part of us hurts, the whole body suffers!
    I pray we elect a good and sincere leadership this time round and the process of healing can begin.IA.

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