LONDON: Amedical board of doctors has decided to keep Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of exprime minister Nawaz Sharif, on ventilator for an indefinite period in a hospital in London. “A five member board of doctors has decided not to take Kulsoom Nawaz off the ventilator and the Sharif family has also agreed to it.
According to PML-N sources, the doctors have given no specific timeline to remove the life support as they have been making all possible efforts to restore Kulsoom Nawaz’s consciousness. In this scenario, return of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz would further be delayed.
The doctors at the Harley Street Clinic on Monday held a detailed meeting with the Sharif family including Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, and Shehbaz Sharif and informed them about Kulsoom Nawaz’s health. Talking to reporters after the doctors’ briefing, Kulsoom Nawaz’s son Hussain Nawaz said: “I have nothing more to say. I would just request the whole nation to pray for her speedy recovery. The ventilator will remain for indefinite period. Doctors are not removing it.” He shrugged off all ambiguous questions as ridiculous and commented with tearful eyes; “We are in problem, facing a painful situation and such unethical questions are being asked, this is not fair”.
Talking to media persons outside the Clinic, Nawaz Sharif said that his wife’s condition was critical and doctors have kept her on life support. “She is still in intensive care and sedated,” he said. Former chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif is also in London and goes to hospital to enquire the health of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz on regular basis. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz was admitted to the hospital on Thursday where she suffered a cardiac arrest.
She has been unconscious and on the life support since then. She was diagnosed with lymphoma — a cancer of the lymph nodes — in August last year. She has since undergone several sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Initially she showed signs of improvement but as of late her condition has deteriorated. The 68-year-old Kulsoom Nawaz was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in by-polls held in September last year.
She filled the seat that fell vacant after her husband, Nawaz Sharif, was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case. Medically, a patient is put on ventilator only when in critical condition and is physically unable to breathe. While doctors keep reviewing the condition of the patient regularly and remove the life support once the patient improves, clinically, patients may remain ventilated for years as long as they develop no other complications. The mechanical ventilation to a patient is not a treatment of any disease. Rather it helps a patient to keep alive for the treatment.