KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 25): Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is in hospital for treatment of a herniated disc, a specialist doctor told the High Court today.
Dr Mohd Shahir Anuar, from Avisena Specialized Hospital in Shah Alam, told presiding judge Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah that due to his condition, the chances of the president of Umno attending court proceedings on September 6 for his corruption case involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds were only ‘possible’.
Justice Sequerah: In your opinion, Doctor, would the patient in this situation appear in court on September 6? He is required to sit during the debates, he may also take a break.
Dr Mohd Shahir: Possible, but not more than 40 minutes. He can’t sit that long, he also has to stretch.
Yesterday, the court was to hear submissions at the end of the prosecution case. However, it was postponed because the accused was hospitalized last Sunday (August 22) with injuries sustained from a fall.
Following this, Judge Sequerah issued a summons to the doctor to appear in court to explain Ahmad Zahid’s state of health as well as the procedure that the accused must undergo, and to determine the period of convalescence.
Asked about the admission process, Dr Mohd Shahir said Ahmad Zahid informed him that he slipped into the toilet last Wednesday (August 18), shortly after Asar’s prayers, which caused him had caused neck and chest pain.
“He doesn’t have a broken spine. Yesterday he had pain surgery to relieve the pain from his herniated disc, ”the doctor said.
When asked how long it would take Ahmad Zahid to walk as usual, Dr Mohd Shahir replied “he can walk normally, but cannot sit that long. He can’t put the pressure on by sitting for so long.
Justice Sequerah: So how long can he sit still?
Dr Mohd Shahir: Usually every 30 to 45 minutes he needs to get up and stretch his body. – Bernama