Veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s recovery from kidney problems is a miracle, said his wife Saira Banu, for whom it was a “nightmare” to deal with the sudden deterioration of his health.

Dilip Kumar, 94, was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital on August 2.

Saira Banu, who has been married to the actor since over five decades and is 22 years younger to him, accompanied Dilip Kumar when he was wheeled out of the hospital in Mumbai.

“He is in good health now. All of it felt like a nightmare… How he suddenly fell sick. I am thankful to the Almighty… This has been a miracle,” Saira Banu said.

Saira Banu also thanked the management, doctors and staff members of the Bandra West facility for taking care of Dilip Kumar, and even expressed gratitude for fans who prayed for his well-being.

“The prayers were accepted by Allah and he is feeling well now… I can’t tell you how grateful I am to God that we have come out of this. It was a terrible thing that happened. Within a few days, he fell so sick that we just didn’t know what to do. After going home he will feel even better soon,” she said.

Ajay Kumar Pande, Vice President, Lilavati Hospital, told news agency IANS on Wednesday that Dilip Kumar was “critical” when he was admitted to the hospital over complaints of dehydration and urinary tract infection.

High potassium and creatinine levels had raised concerns that the actor may have to be put on dialysis. But doctors had decided against it after he started responding well to treatment.

Mr Pande called Saira Banu a “Sati Savitri” for her dedication to her husband.

“If a woman’s husband is India’s ‘Kohinoor,’ why won’t his wife be ‘Sati Savitri.’ All wives love their husbands and it’s no big deal. Whatever I am doing, I won’t say that I am taking care of him. It is my love for him and I am ready to do it 100 times more for him,” Saira Banu said.

Dilip Kumar is celebrated for his films such as Andaz, Aan, Madhumati, Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Kranti and Karma.  His last film Qila released in 1998.

Known as the tragedy king of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema, in 1994 and the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award, in 2015

 

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