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Sunday October 16, 2005

Doc: Ghafar is critically ill


KUALA LUMPUR: Former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba's condition continues to be stable but critical after being warded at the Pantai Medical Centre (PMC) since Wednesday morning. 

“He is critically ill,” consultant chest physician Datuk Dr K. Ampikaipakan told reporters yesterday. 

Although he no longer needs a ventilator as of yesterday morning, a continuous positive airway pressure machine is assisting Ghafar to breathe. 

The 80-year-old politician is also under sedation and remains in the centre's intensive care unit.  

CONCERN: Sally (left) and Asri accompanying Dr Siti Hasmah as she walks out of PMC after visiting Ghafar yesterday.
He was initially warded at the University Malaya Medical Centre after complaining of chest pains and transferred to PMC later.  

Ghafar continues to receive a stream of visitors, including Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Felda group chairman and former Entrepreneur Development minister Tan Sri Dr Mohd Yusof Nor and Permodalan Nasional Berhad chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid. 

Dr Siti Hasmah was seen comforting family members as she left while Dr Mohd Yusof spent some time talking to Ghafar's son Mohd Tamrin.  

Members of the media also crowded the hospital's lobby as news of his condition spread. 

In addition to Mohd Tamrin, other family members seen were son Asri and daughter Sally.  

Asri said the family was grateful that everyone was praying for his father's health. 

“We hope and pray that he will come out of this.  

“We are also grateful for the help given by the medical team here, UH (Universiti Hospital) and IJN (National Heart Institute) in looking after my father. They have done very well. We will not lose hope,” he added. 

He also said the family had decided to leave the medical team looking after his father to brief the media on his condition.  

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