A ring (stent) has been placed in the artery of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia after she suffered a mild heart attack, said the party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday, reports UNB.

"Doctors performed an angiogram on Khaleda Zia and found 99 percent blockage in her main coronary artery. They then successfully placed a ring there by removing the blockage," he said.

Fakhrul came up with information at a press conference at BNP Chairperson's Gulshan office.

Earlier at an emergency meeting, he said the medical board formed for ensuring treatment of Khaleda at Evercare Hospital decided to perform the angiogram as she suffered a mild heart attack.

He said the BNP chief was suffering from suffocation and breathing problems following the heart attack.

Khaleda, a 76-year-old former prime minister, has been suffering from various ailments, including liver cirrhosis, arthritis, diabetes, kidney, lung and eye problems.

She was convicted in two graft cases and was taken to jail three years ago. In April 2020, at the beginning of Covid pandemic, the government granted a request from her family for a conditional temporary release from jail for “humanitarian reasons”.

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