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Hanif is in hospital with suspected mild stroke

Hanif Mohammed

Calcutta: Hanif Mohammed, Test cricket’s first triple centurion from Asia and a former Pakistan captain, has been hospitalised in hometown Karachi.

Admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital as an “emergency patient” on Sunday afternoon, the 79-year-old Hanif may have suffered a mild stroke.

Or, a clot could have formed in the brain.

Late on Monday, grandson Shehzar told The Telegraph: “As we talk, my grandfather’s condition is stable. He’s just undergone an MRI scan. We’re waiting for the report.”

Shehzar, the elder son of Shoaib, has been with Hanif from the time he was rushed to the Aga Khan, shortly after the start of the Indo-Pak Asia Cup match, in Dhaka.

In fact, Hanif wanted to spend the day glued to the TV (a preferred pastime), but the script turned out to be very different.

Hanif underwent cancer-related surgery in London last July and recently completed six cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy.

“Dad had a bad bout of diarrhoea and vomiting and, then, his speech got slurred. There was dizziness and his blood pressure was also high when he was hospitalised,” Hanif’s younger son Shahzeb, who is London-based, informed this newspaper.

Speaking on Monday morning, Shahzeb added: “The movements notwithstanding, there’s severe weakness in Dad’s lower limbs. Investigations are on, but a mild stroke is suspected.”

The family is keeping fingers crossed as there has been a “difference of opinion” between doctors in Karachi and in London over whether Hanif has had a recurrence of “bile duct cancer.”

While doctors in Karachi believe there has been a recurrence, as a recent CT scan showed inflammation in the pancreas region, doctors in London hold a contrary view.

Understandably, the family doesn’t quite know what line to follow.

“A fresh CT scan is to be done, but this sudden illness must first be diagnosed and treated. Right now, the immediate problem is the priority,” Shahzeb pointed out.

Meanwhile, more than two months have gone by, but Hanif is yet to receive financial aid from the Nawaz Sharif government, as was promised.

Till the end of 2013, around 50,000 had already been spent on the cancer-related surgery and other medical expenses.

It’s a significant sum.

Apparently, funds will be released “soon.” Till that happens, the legend and his family have reason to feel rather let down.