September 23rd, 2011
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India mourns “Tiger” Pataudi’s demise

Mansoor Ali Khan PattoudiThe country mourns the demise of the debonair Nawab, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. The ‘Tiger who has inspired generation’s of cricketer’s, passed way in New Delhi yesterday evening, after battling with a lung infection which was diagnosed about three months back. Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was unarguably one of India’s best captains ever and a batsman par excellence.

The 70 year old cricketer was suffering from interstitial lung disease (interstitial pneumonitis) which worsens rapidly inspite of the best treatment available,” Dr S P Byotra, Department of medicine in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where Pataudi was admitted, said. He was admitted to the hospital in August.

Interstitial lung disease is a condition in which the passage of oxygen to the two lungs is less than normal. “He was unable to maintain his oxygen level in spite of maximal treatment. He continued to remain in the ICU for nearly a month. He had this disease which had been static since the last three months and worsened very acutely over the last four weeks. The possibility of lung transplant was discussed very early as soon as his condition worsened but he was not a suitable candidate for it,” the doctor added.

He is survived by his wife, Sharmila Tagore and three children.


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