Prime News, National, Artiste, Cinema, Chennai, April 16:- Popular Tamil actor Vivek was admitted to a private hospital on Friday (April 16) with complaints of chest pain. A source in SIMS Hospital at Vadapalani confirmed that the actor is in a critical condition after suffering from a cardiac arrest. Vivek is currently being monitored by a team of doctors at the private hospital and has been placed on the ECMO machine, which pumps and oxygenates blood outside the body.
According to sources, he had fainted at home and his wife and daughter rushed him to the hospital.
Incidentally, the 59-year-old actor had received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. However, it is yet to be determined if the cardiac arrest is related to the vaccine. Soon after the vaccination, the actor spoke to the media, urging all those who are eligible to take the dose.
“The public safety measures to keep ourselves safe (from coronavirus) is wearing face masks, washing hands and maintaining adequate physical distance. The medical way to protect ourselves is this vaccine. You might be taking Siddha medicines, Ayurvedic medicines, Vitamin-C, Zinc tablets, etc. This is all fine. But these are added measures. The vaccine is the only thing that can save your life. If you ask me if people who are vaccinated don’t get COVID-19, it is not like that. Even if COVID-19 hits you, there won’t be death,” the actor had said.
Vivek, who maintains an active Twitter profile also thanked doctors and staff at Omandurar Hospital in Chennai, where he received his vaccine dose.
Vivek, a Padma Shri recipient, has acted with top Tamil heroes including Rajinikanth, Vijay and Ajith Kumar. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)