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Wazed Miah is dead

Wazed Miah is dead

Sat, May 9th, 2009 7:01 pm BdST

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Dhaka, May 9 (—The prime minister's husband Dr M A Wazed Miah, 66, died at 4:25pm on Saturday after prolonged illness.

Dr Sanawar Hossain told the nuclear scientist had slipped into coma and died of multiple complications at the Square Hospital.

Dr Miah has been under treatment at Square Hospital for the last one year. Earlier, he received treatment in Delhi and Singapore also.

In the most recent spell, he was admitted to the hospital on April 7.

His heart beat became irregular Wednesday morning. He was put on the pace machine eventually as no medicine was working, according to the doctor.

Recently, Dr Miah had an angioplasty at Singapore Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

The body was taken to his Sudha Sadan home at Dhanmandi 5 in an ambulance at 5:45pm.

There have been speculations over his health over the last few days after he had been taken to the operating table in critical condition. His body was rejecting drugs, the doctor said.

The former chief of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Miah had been suffering for long time from multiple complications including heart ailment, renal failure, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina was at the bedside of her husband in his final moments. She rushed to the hospital at 4pm after his condition had taken a turn for the worse. Her younger sister Sheikh Rahana was also there.

Besides close relatives, home minister Sahara Khatun and Awami League workers were present.

His namaj-e-Janaza will be held at 10am on Sunday at the Baitul Mukarram before he will be buried at the family graveyard in his ancestoral home in Pirganj, Rangpur, the prime minister's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told reporters at 5:15pm.

Hasina left the hospital at around 5:20pm.

As the news of the death broke, cabinet members, MPs and leaders and activists of political parties the hospital to get a glimpse of Dr Miah.

A theoretical physicist, Dr Miah obtained Ph. D degree from Imperial College London. He married Hasina in 1968 and is survived by Hasina, son Sajeeb Wazed Joy and daughter Saima Wazed Hossain Putul.

He lived a quiet life after retirement at Sudha Sadan. He was also known among relatives and friends as 'Sudha Miah'.

Dr Miah authored many books including Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Fundamentals of Electromagnetics.

Dr Hossain had earlier said they had drafted another five senior physicians into the six-member board to review his situation.

The condition did not worsen but Dr Miah was not out of danger either, he had told Friday night.

Dr Miah was to have an MRI in the morning and dialysis at midday, he added.

Dr Hossain had said on Friday his condition had improved quite a bit in the first 24 hours but it was not satisfactory in the next.

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