Humayun under observation

Celebrated writer and playwright Humayun Ahmed has been kept under close observation at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital as his condition failed to improve.

Mazharul Islam, owner of the Onno Prokash, told that the popular writer was in intensive care unit and that his condition did not improve in the last 48 hours.

"He is under sedation," he said.

His wife Meher Afroz Shaon requested everybody to pray for his fast recovery.

The popular writer was rushed to the hospital on Jun 20 after a 'successful' surgery on Jun 12 for his colon cancer in New York.

That day, his abdomen had swollen and he complained of severe pain.

Islam said the writer could not recognise any of his family members including his wife.

"He has been taken immediately to the Jamaica Hospital where doctors said the surgery had caused infections.

"The writer has been transferred to the Bellevue Hospital where he was operated upon again," he said, "Then he has been kept in ICU. But again became restless on Jun 28."

Expatriate writer Gazi Hashem said, "The writer wailed Kushum (Shaon's surname) and said 'they will kill me, please take me away from here'. He was trying to remove his bandages."

"It left us puzzled. Then doctors administered sleeping pills," he said.

Humayun, also a renowned filmmaker, went to New York on Sep 13 last year after he was diagnosed with colon cancer during a routine check-up in Singapore.

Born in Mymensingh in 1948, Humayun did his graduation from Dhaka University and later joined the university as a lecturer of Chemistry but retired to become a fulltime writer and filmmaker.

Winner of prestigious Bangla Academy Award in 1981, Ekushey Padak in 1994 and three National Film Awards (Best Story in 1993, Best Film 1994 and Best Dialogue in 1994), Humayun continued writing while he was in New York taking treatment.

On Jan 13, the government made the 63-year-old writer Senior Special Adviser to the Bangladesh Mission at the United Nations in New York.

Last month, he had come to the country on a 20-day-visit to spend time with his friends and relatives before the surgery.

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