Former Bollywood actor Faraaz Khan has been admitted into an intensive care unit (ICU) in a Bengaluru hospital where is fighting for his life.
The son of Mahabharat actor Yusuf Khan, Faraaz was diagnosed with pneumonia after suffering from a lung infection as well as a brain infection.
The former actor’s family members Farhad Abousher and Ahmed Shamoon set up a fundraising page to help with his treatment.
Details about his condition were shared on the fundraiser. It read:
“Faraaz had been suffering from a cough and an infection in his chest for nearly a year.
“Recently, the coughing had aggravated so due to the prevailing pandemic, he decided to consult the doctor over a video call.
“Over the video consultation on 8th October 2020, the doctor saw his condition and recommended that he gets himself admitted to a hospital as his cough was quite intense and to prevent any further infection, hospitalisation was the best thing to do.
“So, immediately we called for an ambulance. However, what happened after that has shaken us up to the core.
“While the ambulance was on its way, Faraaz suddenly suffered a seizure. He suddenly started shaking uncontrollably and couldn’t control his movements either.
“As soon as the ambulance arrived, Faraaz was out on a stretcher and was being lowered into the ambulance when he suffered another seizure.
“As the ambulance was rushing to Vikram Hospital, Banglore, he suffered a third seizure in the ambulance in such a short time span.”
“Faraaz was admitted to the emergency ward of Vikram Hospital where we found out that he suffered three consecutive seizures due to a herpes infection in his brain that had spread to his chest.
“Besides, while he suffered from these seizures, he swallowed the mucous and saliva of his cough which entered his lungs and caused pneumonia in there.
“Because of this his blood pressure and heartbeat increased massively and he wasn’t able to breathe.”
“He was put in the ICU care where after a series of complicated procedures and heavy antibiotics he was brought to stability.”
Reacting to the news, actress and filmmaker Pooja Bhatt has urged fans to contribute to raising funds for Faraaz’s treatment.
Taking to Twitter, Pooja Bhatt wrote:
“Please share and contribute if possible. I am. Would be grateful if any of you can as well.”
Please share and contribute if possible. I am. Would be grateful if any of you can as well. ?https://t.co/UZSbvA2sZb
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) October 14, 2020
Faraaz Khan has starred in popular Bollywood films during the late 1990s and early 2000s. These include films like Fareb (1996) and Mehndi (1998).
Reportedly, Faraaz is required to stay in the hospital for approximately “7-10 more days” for his treatment.
The fundraiser which aims to reach a total of Rs 25 lakh (£26,382.38) has so far generated Rs 1.8 lakh (£1,899.53).