Mecca-based Saudi medical team saves life of Iranian Hajj pilgrim
A Saudi medical team from King Abdullah Medical City in Mecca rescued an Iranian Hajj pilgrim who suffered from severe angina as he headed to the Grand Mosque to perform prayers, the agency reported on Sunday. official Saudi press.
The 60-year-old Iranian pilgrim, suffering from severe chest pain, underwent urgent diagnostic catheterization with comprehensive exams, as well as CT scans which showed that more than two arteries in the heart had been blocked, causing angina of severe chest.
The medical team first decided to perform open-heart surgery, which the pilgrim refused after consulting his Hajj campaign doctor. The team ultimately decided to install stents for the blocked arteries.
The patient has improved and needs to be sent from the hospital to complete his Hajj rituals.
The Kingdom’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that the Medical City is ready to provide high-quality health services to all pilgrims and visitors throughout the Hajj season.
The Hajj season began on July 1, marking the first post-pandemic pilgrimage season after two years of major disruption caused by COVID-19.
Wrapped in white robes, some carrying umbrellas against the scorching desert sun, hundreds performed the first Hajj ritual, which involves walking in a circle around the Kaaba, the sacred building at the center of Mecca’s Grand Mosque.
Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, has allowed foreign travelers to perform Hajj this year. Only a few thousand Saudi citizens and residents have attended the annual pilgrimage over the past two years, as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the global economy and curtailed travel.
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