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Legendary Pak Hockey Player Mansoor Ahmed Passes Away In Karachi

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| May 13 , 2018 , 19:03 IST

Pakistan's legendary Hockey player Mansoor Ahmed is no more. The World Cup-winning hockey goalkeeper passed away after prolonged illness at the age of 49. His health had deteriorated over the past few days and he succumbed to his failing heart on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, he was put on life support after his lungs and heart ailment worsened. While getting treated at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Karachi, Mansoor had reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant in Chennai.

Following his request to Indian authorities, Pakistan government had offered Ahmed a mechanical heart transplantation within the country, a first. However, the player refused to accept the offer as he wanted a more conventional and proven procedure.

The hero of 1994 Hockey World Cup died due to heart complications. Reportedly, he died due to delay in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implant as suggested by the senior heart surgeons at the hospital which would have helped to pump blood to his heart.

Assuring the news agency PTI that he was being taken care of at Karachi Hospital, Mansoor had explained earlier this month, LVAD procedure basically is a plastic mechanical pump implanted in a heart to help it function but he preferred to have a proper heart transplant in Chennai, India.

Dr Komarakshi Balakrishnan, a heart surgeon at the Fortis Malar hospital in Chennai had looked at Mansoor’s case and assured him that he would conduct the heart transplant immediately if he came to India. Dr Naveed Qamar, the administrative head at the NIVCD notified his condition wasn't conducive for travel.

The entire Hockey fraternity in Pakistan is grieving the loss of such a world-class goalkeeper. He has represented the country in some 338 internationals and became a household name in 1994 after heroic saves in penalty shootouts against Germany and Holland in the Champions Trophy and World Cup finals.