Hajj Pilgrim Revived After Heart Stopped for 8 Minutes


An Indonesian woman pilgrim at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah was saved by a medical team after her heart stopped beating for eight minutes shortly after her plane landed.

The team at the airport’s Health Control Centre responded promptly to an emergency call reporting that the pilgrim had collapsed in the international arrivals lounge.

With quick intervention using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), her heartbeat was restored, and she was swiftly transported to a hospital. Latest reports indicate that her condition is now stable.

Since the beginning of the current Hajj pilgrimage season, the Health Control Centre has provided services to a total of 90,104 pilgrims. Out of these, 87,857 have benefited from preventive care, while 2,218 patients have received treatment. In 29 cases, transfer to regional hospitals was necessary for ongoing care.

In another remarkable achievement, a surgical team at King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC) in Makkah successfully restored the vision of a 40-year-old Iranian pilgrim who had traveled for the Hajj rituals.

The patient was dealing with various ocular health issues, including retinal detachment, unilateral high myopia, cataracts, retinal atrophy, and uveitis.

The meticulous surgery, which lasted for two and a half hours, involved cataract removal, implantation of an intraocular lens, and retinal treatment using silicone oil.

Thanks to this successful intervention, the patient will be able to fully participate in the Hajj rituals.