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Azharuddin was hoping for a miracle

Despite being informed by doctors that Ayazuddin had no chance of surviving, his father was hoping beyond hope

The brain of Ayazuddin, the son of former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin, was dead on Thursday itself, more than 24 hours before Apollo Hospital pronounced the teenager dead, according to a senior doctor at the hospital in Hyderabad.


Ayazuddin with his father. PIC/Suresh KK

"We had informed this (that Ayaz had very little chance of surviving) the family on Thursday afternoon, but were asked to continue with the treatment in any case. The non-functioning of a brain is equal to death. However, Azharuddin was hoping for a miracle to happen," the doctor told MiD DAY yesterday.
It is learnt that the hospital's neurosurgeon, Alok Ranjan had examined Ayazuddin on Thursday before leaving for Muscat yesterday morning.


Adversity: Mohammed Azharuddin with his son Asauddin during the
funeral procession of Mohammed Ayazuddin in Hyderabad yesterday.
Pics/AFP


"Sadly, Ayazuddin could not survive. His heart stopped functioning at 11:51 am today (Friday)," said Ravindra Babu, the medical superintendent at the hospital. "Ayaz was critical from the first day itself, but being an athlete, he could perhaps battle for almost five days," Babu added.


Relatives lift Ayazuddin's coffin in Hyderabad yesterday


Azhar during the funeral procession


Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin is comforted by fellow
Hyderabadis


Azhar calm
Observers at the hospital said that Azharuddin, although heartbroken, was a picture of calm amidst scenes of anguish. "Azhar took his son's death very boldly. However, the rest of the family could not hold back their tears. Naureen, Ayaz's mother, was crying. Even Sangeeta Bijlani, Azhar's second wife, could not control her emotions," said Babu.

It is learnt that Azharuddin's family had booked close to four rooms in the hospital. Ayazuddin, a budding cricketer from Hyderabad, was critically injured when his 1000CC Suzuki motorcycle skidded on the Outer Ring Road at Puppalguda last Sunday. His cousin Ajmal-ur-Rehman, who was pillion riding, died on the same day.
The 18-year-old had sustained injuries on his kidneys, lungs and brain, apart from multiple fractures. He was the younger of Azhar's two sons from his first wife Naureen.

Condolences
Mahesh Bhupathi (on Twitter):
Thoughts and prayers with Azhar Bhai and his family..Be strong!!

Rahul Bose (on Twitter): Very very sad to hear the passing away of azhar's son. No parent should ever have to face such a tragedy. May he have the strength to go on (sic).

Harsha Bhogle (on Twitter): "...and memories of the azhar I knew when he was 19. it is an age to begin life not to end it."

Arshad Warsi (on Twitter): My heart goes out to Azaruddin's family for the irreplaceable lose of his son, may his soul rest in peace.... Ameen...

Farhan Azmi (on Twitter): Extremely sad to hear about Azhars son.. May Allah give the family patience to deal with this tragic loss..

Sachin Tendulkar (to MiD DAY): It's a very unfortunate thing to have happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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