Social worker Adams recovering, say doctors

- GAURAV THAPA
Social worker Adams recovering, say doctors

Feb 24, 2015-Social worker Barbara Adams, who suffered a heart attack on Sunday, is currently out of danger and recuperating , doctors said on Tuesday.

The 85-year-old was admitted to Dhapasi-based Grande International Hospital after she collapsed during a book launch ceremony at Hyatt Regency while in conversation with American Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde.

“She is not in immediate danger and needs bed rest for few weeks,” Dr Anil Om Murti said.

Paramedics from the US embassy had initially performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR procedure on Adams before rushing her to the hospital as she failed to regain consciousness. A team led by Dr Ajay Thapa had revived her through electric shock procedure called cardioversion.

Doctors have identified malfunction of the pacemaker in her chest as the reason for the attack. Pacemakers are devices that are placed in the body to stabilise the rate of heart beat. Adams had been living with one since her heart operation decades ago.

The faulty pacemaker was replaced by Dr Murti, bringing Adams back to stable condition. She has been kept in the ICU ward in a sedated state where she is also undergoing treatment for a different problem with her knees. Tests have also detected a hole in her intestines and doctors are waiting for her medical history to confirm anything on the matter.

Founder of Barbara Peace Foundation, Adams has been active in Nepal for tourism promotion, environment conservation and corruption control. Originally from USA, she had first arrived in 1961 as a reporter for Time magazine to cover the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth. After falling in love with the then king Mahendra’s brother Basundhara, she has been frequently staying here and has also acquired Nepali citizenship.

Published: 25-02-2015 07:23

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