Iranian pilgrim saved after heart attack during tawaf

The 80-year-old Iranian who had a heart attack while circumambulating the Kaaba recovers in hospital.
Updated 22 August 2017
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Iranian pilgrim saved after heart attack during tawaf

MAKKAH: A medical team at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah saved the life of an 80-year-old Iranian who had a heart attack while circumambulating the Kaaba.
An emergency medical team on site transferred him to hospital in critical condition. Upon arrival, tests confirmed he was suffering from an acute myocardial infarction.
During a cardiac catheterization, stents were placed in the blocked coronary artery, and he was transferred to the intensive care unit for observation. He was able to leave the hospital after a day, and received appropriate follow-up care.
He thanked medical staff for their care and professionalism. He also thanked King Salman and the Saudi government for their care of all guests in Makkah.
The director of the cardiac center at King Abdullah Medical City, Dr. Najib Jaha, said the need for heart catheterizations and open heart surgeries rises during the pilgrimage season.
The procedures and surgery are done “in record time of arrival,” he said.


Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

Updated 24 May 2018
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Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

RIYADH: The General Directorate for the Affairs of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet's Mosque, is carrying on with plans during the month of Ramadan to serve visitors, the Saudi Press Agency has said.
The directorate has prepared the mosque to accommodate worshipers at the time of prayers, in addition to monitoring the Iftar meals offered at the mosque and its external courts.
It also said it has intensified its water services, cleaning efforts and air conditioning around the clock to provide worshipers with an atmosphere full of serenity and reverence.
SPA took pictures of the services offered at the mosque, beginning with guiding visitors and organizing their entry through the gates of the Prophet’s Mosque to the men and women sections. It also directs worshippers to the emptier courts to avoid crowding.
It also captured the preparations for setting the Iftar meals at the mosque, including the installing of water spray fans at the outside squares due to sustain high temperatures during summer, so that visitors pray with ease and comfort.