Yasmin Ahmad at the Damansara Specialist Hospital

Film director Yasmin Ahmad in ICU
/ Jul 23, 09 5:05pm

Internationally acclaimed film director Yasmin Ahmad is currently warded in intensive care after collapsing from an unknown ailment.

A check with the Damansara Specialist Hospital revealed that she is warded at the Intensive Care Unit though no official confirmation about her condition could be obtained at the time of writing.

Her brother-in-law Dr Zakaria Zahari was quoted by Bernama as saying that Yasmin suffered a stroke and haemorrhaging in the brain.

“Her heart is being supported by drugs to control blood pressure…the next few hours are extremely important but now she is stable even though she is still unconscious,” he said.

The hospital has yet to issue a statement on her condition.

She is said to be in stable condition and is on life support after undergoing emergency surgery.

A host of anxious celebrities and people from the film industry were reported to be at the hospital.

Collapsed during presentation

Media Prima Sdn Bhd sources said Yasmin collapsed during a meeting at the company’s headquarters at Seri Pentas in Bandar Utama, Selangor.

Also present at the meeting was multi-platinum selling singer Siti Nurhaliza and her husband Khalid Jiwa.

Siti said Yasmin was presenting a paper and had complained of not feeling well 15 minutes into her presentation.

“She had started the presentation at 3pm and when she did not feel so good sat down and placed her head on a table.

“A few seconds later, we tried to wake her when we found she was having difficulty breathing,” she told reporters at the hospital.

Sources said Siti, the Malaysian Red Crescent Ambassador, performed CPR on Yasmin before an ambulance arrived.

Yasmin, 51, is best known for her feature film Sepet and her long list of community message television commercials for national fuel giant Petronas.

Hot topic on Twitter

The incident in Seri Pentas has sparked a flurry of reactions on micro-blogging site Twitter.com, with many expressing deep concern.

“Prayers for Yasmin Ahmad, a wonderful person wt great ideas. Pls do wake up, Malaysia hasn’t seen the best of u yet”, wrote one commentator erinadlina.

“Sad to hear about Yasmin Ahmad. This is one of my fav ad she did for Malaysia National Day”, wrote RippingYan.

Initially, speculation by Twitter users was that Yasmin had passed away, but as news got around corrections were posted and many users urged the public not to spread rumours.

The sheer volume of posts with the words Yasmin Ahmad has propelled her name to the top the list of Twitter’s top-10 trending topics, beating Michael Jackson and Tim Burton s Alive in Wonderland .

Some Twitter users have commented that this may be the first time a Malaysian has made it onto the top-10 list.

Others said this signified the vast popularity of Yasmin Ahmad and the large volume of Twitter users in Malaysia.