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Medical reports show Dilip Kumar suffering from pneumonia: Saira Banu

MUMBAI: Veteran Indian actor Dilip Kumar has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai following complications of a chest infection.

The actor has been diagnosed with mild pneumonia, his wife Saira Banu told media.

“He is doing better now. The medical reports are saying a small patch of pneumonia is there. God willing, he will be out of it soon. But he is doing fine,” Saira Banu said.

According to reports, the 95-year-old actor was taken to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. The news was shared on Dilip Kumar’s official twitter account. It was tweeted that the actor had to be admitted after he felt some breathlessness because of chest infection.

Due to his advanced age, he has been visiting the Bandra hospital for improvement in his overall health and well-being. For now, the actor has been kept under observation and tests are being done to diagnose the exact cause of breathlessness is.

The news was first tweeted by Faisal Farooqui, who is close friend of Dilip Kumar. This is what the tweet read, “@TheDilipKumar has been admitted to Lilavati after he complained of breathlessness. Due to advance age, Saab has been routinely visiting the hospital for overall health care and health management. Allah is kind that He has blessed @TheDilipKumar Saab with such wonderful family, friends, well wishers and the prayers of millions of people all over the world. Pls keep him in your prayers.”

The 94-year-old actor has been facing medical complications in recent years. In April 2016, he was hospitalised with fever and nausea. Later same year 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).

He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 1991, Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2015. Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, in 1997.

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