Rizwan’s comeback a miracle, says doctor who treated Pakistani opener

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The Indian doctor, who treated the Pakistani wicketkeeper cum opener Mohammad Rizwan, was astonished at the pace he had recovered after suffering from a severe chest infection.

Mohammad Rizwan had spent 35 hours in the intensive care unit (ICU) due to a severe chest infection but he miraculously made a quick recovery to be match-fit for the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia.

Rizwan kept telling the doctors in the ICU at Dubai’s Medeor Hospital that he wanted to play and be with the team.

The opener had joined the team after a quick recovery and smashed a fifty (52-ball 67) and top-scored to steer Pakistan to 176 against Australia in the semis. Special pulmonologist Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen said, “Rizwan had a strong desire to play for his nation in the crucial knockout match.

He was strong, determined and confident. I am astonished at the pace he had recovered.” Rizwan had landed at the hospital’s emergency department on November 9 at 12:30 am with severe retrosternal chest pain mimicking cardiac pain and breathing difficulty.

He had been suffering from intermittent fever, persistent cough and chest tightness for three-five days by then.

The medical team stabilised him and gave him symptomatic medications to ease his pain, according to Khaleej Times.—INP

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