11 Oct : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was on Saturday admitted to Lilavati hospital in Mumbai after he complained of restlessness and stomach ache due to suspected incisional hernia, giving anxious moments to millions of fans on his 66th birthday.
Hospital sources said Bachchan’s condition was stable but it was not yet clear how long he would have to stay there which could be anything between two to 20 days.Bachchan, wearing a brown woollen cap and a blue shirt, was first rushed in an ambulance to nearby Nanavati hospital from his residence ‘Jalsa’ in Juhu for a check up and scan and was later admitted to Lilavati hospital in Bandra.
The actor was suspected to be suffering from incisional hernia, a recurring problem that has been troubling him since the near-fatal accident on the sets of ‘Coolie’ in 1982, but there was no immediate confirmation from family or doctors attending on him.
Big B, who was shooting for ‘Teen Patti’ till Friday, had taken a break from work to spend time with his grand children who had come over from Delhi to celebrate Dussehra and Diwali.
He was taken ill on Friday night and complained of abdominal cramps, family sources said.
"He complained of stomach ache for which he was taken to Nanavati Hospital this morning. Then he was admitted to Leelavati. At this moment, he is under treatment. We do not have the test results as yet," Bachchan’s secretary Sunil Doshi said.
A large number of fans and media persons, who gathered outside the actor’s house on his birthday were shocked to see an ambulance taking the actor on a stretcher accompanied by son Abhishek to the hospital.
Bachchan’s daughter Shweta Nanda, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and family friend and SP leader Amar Singh followed the ambulance in a car.Bachchan underwent a surgery on 30th November 2005 for abdominal infection `Diverticulosis’ at the Leelavati hospital.
Earlier in 1982, he had undergone a major surgery after the accident during a stunt sequence for ‘Coolie’ following which he suffered from myasthenia gravis, an ailment of muscle weakness.
"I am doing fine," Bachchan was quoted as saying by visitors who enquired about his health.Among those who called on the ailing actor were filmmaker Ravi Chopra and Susan Roshan, wife of actor Hrithik Roshan.
A large number of fans and media persons gathered outside the hospital anxiously waiting to know about the well being of the legendary actor.Doshi said friends and family were praying for Bachchan’s wellbeing. "At this point of time we are focusing attention for his speedy recovery," he said.
Earlier, at Nanavati hospital X-rays of stomach and lungs were taken and later in the day at Lilavati further tests and examinations were conducted.Over the years, the Bollywood legend has been coming out of his house especially to greet fans on his birthday.
It has been a busy year for the Big B with releases like ‘Sarkar Raj’, ‘God Tussi Great Ho’, ‘Bhootnath’ and ‘The Last Lear’ as well as "The Unforgettable" world tour.But, the highlight was Bachchan hitting the cyberspace with his blog which is keenly followed by fans.DDINEWS