Tamil actor-comedian Vivek was admitted to a private hospital on Friday morning after suffering a severe heart attack after taking the Covid-19 vaccine shot on Thursday. He is currently in a critical condition and is on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support.
Vivek, 59, had shown ‘acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock,’ the hospital said. A cardiogenic shock is a condition where the heart is not able to pump sufficient blood that the body needs, which occurs due to a severe heart attack.
Vivek was brought to the emergency ward of the hospital in an unconscious state at about 11 a.m. by his family members. In a statement issued here, the SIMS Hospital said that the Padma Shri awardee was resuscitated in the emergency room by specialists. Later, he underwent an emergency coronary angiogram followed by an angioplasty. He is currently in the ICU.
According to the doctors, Vivek had complained to his family members about chest pain. The doctors have also ruled out his current medical condition having any link with the Covid-19 vaccine shot that he took on Thursday.
Vivek was the brand ambassador to create awareness for propagating Covid vaccination among the people and had himself taken a vaccine on Thursday. “People should not be afraid of any side-effects of vaccination. Both Covishield and Covaxin are safe and will save us. Even if they don’t not prevent us from getting infected, the help us reduce the effects of the disease,” the actor had said.
Vivek had developed a close rapport with late President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and had met him when he was the President of India. Kalam had advised him to promote the need for a green movement and to plant more trees. Vivek had started a movement to plant a billion trees across Tamil Nadu by creating awareness among the school children and college students.
(With IANS Inputs)
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