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Sourav Ganguly discharged from hospital, hopes to resume work soon

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Former Indian skipper and the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was discharged from Woodlands Hospital in Kolkata on Thursday, January 7, after he was declared clinically fit following a heart attack he suffered on Saturday.

"I am absolutely fine now and hope that I will resume my work soon. I thank all the doctors and nurses at the hospital for the treatment and care," Ganguly said after getting discharged from the hospital," the 48-year-old said after getting discharged from the hospital.

"I also hope to fly soon," he added.

Ganguly had suffered a heart attack while working out in a gym and was rushed to the hospital where he underwent an angioplasty operation. He spent five days in the hospital and has now been advised to take rest at home. Ganguly was initially scheduled to be discharged on Wednesday, but he decided to spend one more day at the hospital. The doctors, meanwhile, will keep a keen eye on his health and will take 'appropriate measures' from time to time.

Image courtesy: AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar

"His heart today is as strong as it was when Sourav was 20 years old," cardiac surgeon Devi Shetty told reporters on Tuesday.

"Sourav can participate in a marathon, fly a plane, or even get back to cricket if he wants without this event being any setback."

The aftereffect of Ganguly's heart attack has resulted in the cooking oil adverts featuring the former cricketer being pulled off the air, as the ads say the oils are "heart healthy". The oil brand company, Adani Wilmar, co-owned by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, has responded by saying, "It was a very unfortunate incident and can happen with anyone."

"The ricebran oil is not a medicine but only a cooking oil. There are several factors which affect heart ailments including dietary and hereditary issues," Angshu Mallick, Adani Wilmar chief executive, said in statement.

"We shall continue to work with Sourav and he will continue to be our brand ambassador. We have only taken a temporary break in our TV commercial until we again sit with Sourav and take things forward."

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar

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