While fans and well wishers are wishing for his speedy recovery, death rumours surfaced yesterday which were immediately shunned by his family. Speaking to the media, his son Sarfaraz, shared that the actor has been suffering from problems for quite some time now and has been in and out of the hospital. He was also given a knee transplant to help him to walk but that did not provide much respite.
T 3041 - KADER KHAN .. actor writer of immense talent .. lies ill in Hospital .. PRAYERS and DUAS for his well bein… https://t.co/vHo7HzrlrH— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) 1545992013000
According to a report, the actor, who is 81, has brief moments of consciousness with very little eye movement, which is a classic symptom of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Here is what you need to know:
What happens in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)?
A type of rare neurological brain disorder, PSP affects the part of the brain which is responsible for controlling the movement, speech, reflexes, thinking, mood and behaviour. The symptoms occur spaced out and is similar to Parkinsons and Alzheimers.
The disease is very rare globally, with 3 to 6 people out of 1,00,000 diagnosed with the condition. The symptoms start to worsen over time and age and makes the body very fragile, weak and prone to other illnesses as well. It also causes damage to important nerve clusters in the brain which control other functions in the body.
Is the disease fatal? How are the symptoms diagnosed?