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Ailing JP leader on verge of “life-threatening” condition: doctors

Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 August 2017, MVT 18:21
Maamigili MP Qasim Ibrahim carried out from the Criminal Court on a stretcher to the ambulance after he fainted during his hearing. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 August 2017, MVT 18:21

State-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) on Thursday warned that unless Jumhoory Party leader Qasim Ibrahim receives urgent medical treatment for his heart condition, which is unavailable in the Maldives, the ailing lawmaker’s condition may become life-threatening.

Maamigili MP Qasim Ibrahim was rushed to the hospital after he suddenly fainted in the Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon, in the middle of a hearing on his bribery charge.

According to a document signed by Dr Ali Shafeeq, IGMH’s Senior Consultant in Cardiology, which was uploaded to Twitter by former Deputy Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem, MP Qasim is urgently referred abroad for an “EPA + RFA” heart surgery.

“Further delay, may result in life threatening arrhythmia. As this facility is not available here, patient is urgently referred abroad,” read the document.

The local business tycoon was hospitalized twice before due to his heart condition. While his family and lawyers have requested the authorities to grant him permission to seek treatment overseas on multiple counts, the state has refused due to his ongoing trial, where he is charged with bribing lawmakers to garner support for the opposition lobbied censure motion against the parliament speaker. The judiciary has also imposed a travel ban on Qasim, forbidding him from travelling abroad until the end of his trial.

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