Doctors at the Metro Hospital said that the Afghan national, in whose abdomen heroin capsules were discovered, has gained consciousness and is out of danger.
“The patient has gained consciousness and he is not critical anymore. Doctors had conducted another CT scan and did not find any more capsules in his body,” Dr Ribhu Rajpal, medical superintendent, Metro Hospital, said.
On February 28, 57-year-old Abdul Ali Noori, of Kandahar in Afghanistan, was admitted to Metro Hospital in Sector 11, with complaints of severe abdominal pain, breathlessness and vomiting. He was followed by his 26-year-old son Abdul Wali Noori and a local translator.
In a CT scan, doctors discovered seven plastic pouches, each five centimetres long and containing heroin, in his abdomen. A total of 110 grams of heroin was extracted by the doctors.
Noori had arrived in India on February 25 on a six-month medical tourism visa.
After the discovery, police had lodged a case against Noori under Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act 18/20 and held his son for further investigation. The samples were collected by the narcotics department and they had confirmed that the contraband product was heroin, after lab testing.
Noori’s health had deteriorated over the last few days as some of the pouches had burst inside, adding to the complications. He was kept on ventilator support for four days post the extraction of capsules.
“Noori had diabetic complications and there was always a risk that the pouches that had burst could have led the heroin to flow in his blood stream. But luckily, he survived. He has now been shifted to medical Intensive Care Unit from stroke ICU,” Dr Rajpal said.
Meanwhile, the police are yet to arrest Noori as they are waiting for him to fully recover. “Once he is discharged from the hospital, we will carry on with the investigation and disclose whether he is a repeat offender,” Vinay Singh, station house officer, Sector 24 police station, said.