Thursday, July 23, 2009

yasmin ahmad, get well soon.

i kept telling myself "insyallah, she'll get better."

here's a snippet from New Straits Times:
Yasmin Ahmad in ICU (update2)

Dennis Chua & Faridul Anwar, NST Entertainment Desk

PETALING JAYA: Multi award-winning director Yasmin Ahmad’s Facebook wall is pouring with well wishes from fans and friends from different ethnic backgrounds since news about her hospitalisation broke out at 3.30pm today.

“Get well soon, because there are not enough people who see life the way you do,” writes Marcus, while another post by Ken says: “Dear Lord, watch over this beautiful soul and bring her back to us in full health... she has helped so many.”

At 5pm today, Yasmin underwent a neurosurgical procedure at Damansara Specialist Hospital after suffering a stroke at Sri Pentas TV3 here. The operation was completed at 7.30pm and she was reported to be in a stable but critical condition.

The 51-year old film and TV commercial director, who is Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur’s executive creative director, is currently recuperating at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

“According to the surgeon, she’s still unconscious. So let her rest,” Leo Burnett’s managing director Tan Tien Eng told the media at the hospital, adding that Yasmin, to his knowledge, had no prior history of heart problems.

Also at the hospital were Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and husband Datuk Seri Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, Jaclyn Victor, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Adibah Noor, film-makers James Lee, Pete Teo, Liew Seng Tat and Leo Burnett’s creative director Tan Yew Leong.

Yasmin, whose recent film Talentime met audiences earlier this year, was attending a meeting at 3pm with representatives from Media Prima as well as Siti and Khalid for an undisclosed project.

She suddenly complained of feeling unwell and collapsed during the meeting. Efforts were made by those at the meeting to resuscitate her but she did not gain consciousness. She was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.

Siti, a former ambassador for Malaysian Red Crescent Society, also lent a hand when it happened together with a panel doctor for TV3.

“Yasmin didn’t show signs of being unwell. Only when she put her hands on her face and slumped on the meeting table that we knew something was wrong,” she later told the media at the waiting room.

According to Fatimah, Yasmin’s parents Inom Yon (better known as Mak Inom), 74; and Ahmad Hashim, 75, (Pak Atan). are scheduled to fly from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur tonight. Yasmin’s maiden effort Rabun was inspired by the lives and love of Mak Inom and Pak Atan.

Yasmin, who is known for her 1Malaysia theme in her TV commercials, made her big screen debut with Sepet in 2004 after the critically-acclaimed TV movie Rabun. Sepet introduced viewers to a genre that combines humour, heart and love that transcends cultural barriers.

Her follow-up films put Malaysian film industry in the global arena when she was bagged awards at many renowned international film festivals from Hong Kong and Hawaii to Cannes and San Francisco. Among her works include Gubra (2006), Mukhsin (2007), Muallaf (2008) and Talentime (2009).

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