Ghazal legend Mehdi Hassan has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Karachi after he had trouble in breathing, his son Arif Hassan said today. The 84-year-old singer, the voice behind evergreen ghazals like 'Ab ke bichade' and 'Patta patta boota boota', has also stopped speaking.
Hassan, who has been suffering from lung problems for the past twelve years, was last night rushed to Karachi's Agha Khan hospital's ICU section. Doctors said Hassan is suffering from chest and urine infection.
Talking to PTI from Karachi, Arif Hassan said, "He had trouble in breathing last night. We immediately rushed him to the hospital. He is in ICU but there is no positive response from the doctors about his condition. We have been feeding him through tube for the past two years and for the past one month, he has even lost his voice, which mesmerized millions of his fans."
Arif said Hassan always wanted to visit India for treatment. "He wanted to visit India, his birth country, and we were supposed to be there last year but his condition never improved. Now the doctors have strictly said no to any journey," he said. Singers Hariharan and Hansraj Hans besides Gulzar have inquired about Hassan's health over phone, Arif said.