Pakistan hockey star seeks heart transplant in India


The Hindu

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 Mansoor Ahmed says he would be obliged if he gets a visa

Pakistan’s World Cup winning field hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed on Monday reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant — despite years of breaking his rivals’ “hearts on the field”.

The 49-year-old has been suffering for weeks from complications stemming from a pacemaker and stents implanted in his heart.

Mr. Ahmed has been a sporting icon in Pakistan since helping the country win the 1994 World Cup in Sydney with his penalty stroke push against the Netherlands in the final.

“I may have broken a lot of Indian hearts on the field of play by beating India in the Indira Gandhi Cup (1989) and in other events but that was sport,” Mr. Ahmed said. “Now I need a heart transplant in India and for that I need support from the Indian government.”

Despite the strained ties, Pakistanis are eligible to apply for medical visas to India. Mr. Ahmed, who played 338 international matches, participated in three Olympics and various other high-profile events in a career spanning from 1986 to 2000, said the visa could be a lifesaver.

“Humanity is paramount and I too would be obliged if I get a visa and other help in India”, said Mr. Ahmed.

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