He is accompanied by wife Zareen
Ailing comedian Omer Sharif has left for the United States in a German air ambulance.
Omer will reach the US via Germany. He is accompanied by his third wife, Zareen Ghazal.
"I'm waiting for Omer," said Zareen, who had arrived at the airport before him.
Omer was set to leave for the US on Monday, September 27, but his health was reported to have worsened. Omer's family expressed fears that the air ambulance hired from Germany could leave Pakistan without the comedian.
The Civil Aviation Authority allowed the aircraft to land in Pakistan on Sunday. The ambulance informed Omer’s family that they would leave Pakistan with or without Omer in 12 hours when the rent ran out. Zareen appealed to the prime minister to intervene and stop the ambulance from taking off without Omer Sharif.
On Monday, Cardiologist Syed Tariq Shahab, actor Reema Khan’s husband, said that Omer would have to wait 48 hours before the experts could make a decision about travel. The flight was postponed after Omer’s blood pressure dropped during dialysis, Dr Tariq added.
Omer will be treated at the George Washington University Hospital by a team of eight specialists, including Dr Tariq.
The Sindh government has released Rs40 million for Omer’s treatment.
The comedian was initially to travel without his family. Omer’s first wife and sons, Jawad and Fawad, were booked on a commercial flight by the Sindh Health Department.
Omer has been diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation (a condition in which blood leaks backward instead of flowing out to the rest of the body) after being admitted to the Aga Khan University Hospital for congestive heart failure.