Mumbai: Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara was admitted to the Global Hospital in Parel on Tuesday, after he complained of severe chest pain while attending an event at a nearby hotel. According to doctors, he underwent an angiography and was doing “fine and will be discharged soon”. Lara is currently in India working as a cricket expert for a sports channel which is the official broadcaster of the ongoing World Cup.
While hospital authorities refused to divulge any information, sources said he was brought to the hospital at 12.30 pm after complaining of chest pain. Sources close to Lara said, “Two years ago, he had undergone angioplasty and on Tuesday, it was a regular check-up. He is fine now and will be discharged soon.” However, hospital authorities refused to give any information stating they could not disclose details as it would be a violation of the patient’s privacy.
A statement issued by Dr Jigna Shrotriya, the medical superintendent of the hospital stated, “As a policy, we respect our patients and their right to privacy. Till the time the patient doesn’t give us consent, we cannot divulge anything about him. Please respect his privacy. At this point, we cannot say anything.”
Dr Shrotriya refused to confirm whether Lara underwent an angiography, a test commonly carried out to check blockages in arteries or veins after being admitted to the hospital in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the hospital spokesperson also issued a statement stating, “While we respect the media’s interest in this case, the patient has clearly stated that he does not want his health condition made public. We request you to respect his right to privacy.” Lara is viewed as the greatest batsman to play for West Indies. He currently holds the record for the highest individual Test match score. He had scored 400 runs against England in 2004. He also has the highest individual score in first-class cricket as he scored 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994. Lara has 11,953 runs to his name in the Test format and 10,405 runs in the ODI form.