BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, now undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital in the capital, was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, her medical board member Dr FM Siddique said on Sunday.
“We’ve already informed Madam’s close relatives that she was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, and asked them to take steps to send her abroad as soon as possible,” he told a press conference at the BNP chief’s Gulshan residence.
The doctor said Khaleda’s condition is now stable but it can deteriorate anytime in the case of further bleeding from her liver.
“The bleeding has stopped now, but re-bleeding can start anytime. If it happens, her life will be at high risk,” he said.
He said they now feel very helpless over the current condition of Khaleda for lack of technology to treat her.
The physician said Khaleda needs to go to an advanced medical centre abroad urgently for her treatment by applying “TIPS’ technology.
He also feared that a time may come when it will be difficult or impossible to shift Khaleda abroad.
Dr Siddique said Khaleda already bled thrice and the third time bleeding was severe, impairing her liver function. "In the last 24 hours, there was no bleeding. “There’s a 50 percent possibility of rebleeding in the next week while 70 percent within the next six weeks. This is obvious.”
"We don't have the supportive technology to control or stop it if Madame bleeds again, we're afraid. If she bleeds again, the risk of her death will increase a lot,” the physician said.