Director Yasmin suffers a stroke, stable after brain surgery
By RIZAL JOHAN - The Star
PETALING JAYA: Award-winning director Yasmin Ahmad, famed for her advertisements and films capturing the essence of racial harmony in Malaysia, collapsed while attending a meeting at Sri Pentas here.
The 51-year-old creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur was rushed to the Damansara Specialist Centre yesterday, and underwent brain surgery following a stroke due to bleeding in the brain.
Paediatric surgeon Datuk Dr Zakaria Zahari, Yasmin’s brother-in-law, said she was in a stable but critical condition.
Yasmin had earlier met with TV3 officials, as well as pop diva Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, at Media Prima’s Sri Pentas premises to pitch a potential commercial.
Siti told The Star that during the meeting, Yasmin complained of feeling unwell, cupped her face and rested her head on the table.
Sensing something amiss when Yasmin remained motionless for a few minutes, those present rushed to her side.
“We laid her on the floor. She was having difficulty breathing. A panel doctor from Sri Pentas came to assist.
“While she gave Yasmin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, I helped with the chest compressions until the ambulance arrived,” said Siti, a former ambassador for the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.
A host of media representatives and personalities had congregated at the hospital where Yasmin was admitted.
Yasmin had previously suffered a stroke about five years ago.
Her parents are on the way from Langkawi to be with her.
Let's pray for her....