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Kerala MP E Ahamed dies after cardiac arrest; family aghast after hospital denies visiting permission

Veteran Kerala MP, E Ahamed, who suffered a heart attack and collapsed in Parliament’s Central Hall on Tuesday, died after undergoing treatment at the city-based Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. “Ahamed died despite being tried to revive. He was on life support system since Tuesday evening,” said sources as per a report in Business Standard.

Ahamed was a former Minister in the UPA regime and a longtime IUML MP from Kerala. He was rushed to RML after he fell unconscious in Parliament during President Pranab Mukherjee’s address. The 78-year-old veteran leader served as Minister of State for External Affairs in the UPA government. Ahmed has been a Lok Sabha member from Malappuram in Kerala since 1991.

Soon after the news of his death spread, many of the leaders including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Kerala Congress leader and parliamentarian K.C. Venugopal visited the hospital post-midnight.

Initially Ahamed was admitted to the emergency department of RML. However, as he displayed no signs of revival, doctors tried to revive him by putting him on the life support system and shifted him to the trauma centre of the hospital.

In the meantime, the family of former union minister lashed out at the administration of the RML hospital saying that they have not been allowed to meet Ahamed nor have been consulted regarding his medical procedures.

Reportedly, Nazeer Ahamed, son of deceased MP said that he and his other family members have been stopped from meeting his father and are not being kept in loop concerning any medical developments.

“My simple request was that I be allowed to see my father and I were told that I cannot see him. I’ve been told that everybody has been allowed to see him all morning without any problem, so I think as a son, I have the right to see my father and get an explanation as to what is going on,” he said.

Ahamed further stated, “If they are doing any new treatment, there is nothing being discussed with us. I think the decision seems to be made by the junior doctors on call, instead of at least consulting with the family. That has not happened even once,” he added.

The senior politician’s daughter also expressed her shock and dismay at the “unprofessional” and “unethical” behavior of the hospital administration. Nazeer’s brother-in-law Babu Shehzad asserted that the hospital had no protocol for visitors.

“This is our basic right and we were not allowed. When I asked to see the protocol for visitors there was no such thing. They wanted to do the ECMO procedures so that he can be sustained on artificial means, and that was not even discussed with the family. How can they do it? It’s assault,” he stated.

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