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Fears grow air ambulance may leave without Omer Sharif

Omer Sharif’s health deteriorated hours before his flight to the United States for treatment. His departure has been delayed and his family has expressed fears that the air ambulance hired from Germany could leave Pakistan without the comedy legened.

Zareen Omer, his wife, has urged the prime minister to intervene.

Shortly after that air ambulance arrived in Pakistan Omer Sharif’s health deteriorated on Monday.

Cardiologist Syed Tariq Shahab, who is actor Reema Khan’s husband, said that Omer will have to wait 48 hours before the experts can make a decision about travel.

The flight was postponed after Omer’s blood pressure dropped during dialysis, Dr Tariq added.

Omer was set to travel on a German air ambulance to Washington, where he will be treated at the George Washington University Hospital. The Civil Aviation Authority had allowed the aircraft to land in Pakistan on September 26, Sunday.

However, the air ambulance crew has informed Omer Sharif’s family that they would leave Pakistan with or without Omer when the rent payment runs out.

Omer Sharif’s third wife Zareen Omer told journalists on Monday that the rent payment would run out in 12 hours.

She said the family had requested the air ambulance crew to wait for at least 48 hours but they insisted on leaving after 12 hours.

Zareen applead to the prime minister to intervened and stop the air ambulance from taking off without Omer Sharif.

The Sindh government has released Rs40 million for Omer’s treatment.

The comedian was to travel without his family. Omer’s first wife and sons, Jawad and Fawad, were booked on a commercial flight by the Sindh Health Department.

Omer was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation (a condition in which blood leaks backward instead of flowing out to the rest of the body) after being admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital for congestive heart failure.

A team of eight specialists, including Dr Shahab, will treat Omer. 

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