Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati hospital late Wednesday, due to severe dehydration and reported kidney problems, is not doing good and may need dialysis, a doctor said on Friday.
“(His condition is) Not good. His creatinine is rising, haemoglobin is decreasing and potassium levels are increasing. He will need dialysis, but he is not on ventilator,” Jalal D. Parker, one of the attending team of doctors, told IANS.
Yesterday, Dilip Kumar’s niece Shaheen Banu has confirmed that there is nothing to worry about the actor’s health. The actor could be discharged, but the doctors are waiting for his dehydration level to go down. In a statement to Hindustan Times, she said, “He is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the monitoring, otherwise he is okay. He is sitting on a chair and having normal lunch. He is not on a ventilator.”[ecp code=”4″]
“He is absolutely conscious, he walks in the room and even in the corridor with a little bit of help. He doesn’t even look like a patient. He is 94 and his water levels have to be normal; we can’t monitor things at home, so we had to bring him to the hospital,” added Shaheen, the daughter of Saira’s brother Sultan Ahmed.
The 94-year-old actor has been facing medical complications in recent years. In April last year, he was hospitalised with fever and nausea. In December, he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital to treat a swelling in his right leg.
Kumar acted in more than 65 films over six decades and is known for his iconic roles in movies such as Devdas (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Kranti (1981), and Karma (1986).
Dilip Kumar was last seen in the film ‘Qila’ in 1998. He was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.