Farooq Abdullah suffered Cytokine Storm, now stable

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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah was “really sick” when he was admitted to hospital last week as he suffered cytokine storm – a hyper reaction of the immune system – and his condition has now stabilised, a senior doctor said.

The condition of the former chief minister – who tested positive for COVID-19 virus on 30 March – is now expected to further stabilise, said Dr A G Ahangar, Director of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) where Abdullah is admitted.

“His health is fine. He was really sick when he was brought here but after going through an aggressive treatment, he is doing much better now, ” Ahanger told The Kashmir Walla.

Ahanger said that Abdullah, who is in eighties, was suffering from cytokine storm – a hyper reaction of the immune system in which it kills good cell instead of the bad cells.

“We are hopeful that he will make it through,” Ahanger said.

Last week Omar Abdullah had taken to the micro-blogging website Twitter to announce that his father has tested positive to the Covid19. “My father has tested positive for COVID-19 & is showing some symptoms,” Omar wrote.

Abdullah was initially kept in home-isolation but was later shifter to SKIMS on Saturday for better medical care. He had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 2 March.

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