Mother dies of shock on hearing of son’s death in Bandipora


SRINAGAR — A 50-year-old man died after suffering a massive cardiac attack in Konan area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. Minutes later, his 80-year-old mother died of shock when she came to know about his death.

Locals of the area, as per the news agency KDC, said that Mohammad Shaban (50) son of Ghulam Qadir Bhat, a resident of Konan Bandipora, suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. Shaban was immediately shifted to District Hospital Bandipora, where doctors declared him dead.

On hearing about the news of the death of her lone son, the mother identified as Bakhti Begum (80) fell unconscious and was subsequently shifted to hospital, where doctors declared her dead and the suspected cause is believed to be a heart attack.

Later, the bodies of both mother and son were sent to their home for last rites.

A pall of gloom descended on the Konan village as the news about the death of the mother-son duo reached the village.

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At least seven people have died of suspected heart attacks in different areas of Kashmir valley, while doctors say around 200 cases of heart attacks have been reported this month so far.

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As per the reports of Srinagar-based news agency KDC, seven people have died of suspected heart attacks in the south and north Kashmir parts.

Apart from Mohammad Shaban of Konan Bandipora, reports said that Fayaz Ahmad Sofi, son of Mohammad Shabana, who was a government teacher from Durpora Zainapora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district, died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday. A Class 12th girl student also died of a suspected heart attack in Sugan area of Shopian district on Saturday.

In Pulwama, 22-year-old Jan Mohammad suddenly felt pain and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where the doctor declared him dead and the cause is said to be a heart attack. In Ashmuqam area of Anantnag district, a youth died of a heart attack on Saturday afternoon.

In north Kashmir’s Baramulla, a constable who was undergoing training at PTC Sheeri died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was identified as Fayaz Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Narigund Kaitch area of Khan Sahib, Budgam.

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In Ganderbal district, a man in his early twenties identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Malik of Pehlipora Safapora died due to a heart attack on Saturday.

Dr Irfan Bhat, a well-known cardiologist, said, “During the winter, the rate of heart attacks is high. Even the heart disease worsens in patients, who are suffering from optimum-level heart disease. The blood pressure increases and the heart’s blood supply spasms. The rate of heart attacks is two and half times more in winter.”

He said, “Less than 1% percent of heart attack patients died. The 5 to 6 deaths happened at SMHS Hospital this month because they were presented late. People don’t take heart diseases seriously in Kashmir.”

“Patients should be protected from cold in this weather as almost two hundred cases of heart attacks have been reported so far in this month across Kashmir,” Irfan said, adding, “Heart attacks in this cold weather are not restricted only to the elderly. We have cases when even teenagers have suffered heart attacks. Everyone, irrespective of age, should keep warm and stay indoors.”

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