KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 (Bernama) -- Prominent film director Yasmin Ahmad who collapsed while presenting a working paper at Sri Pentas, the headquarters of the TV3 television station Thursday, is in stable condition at the intensive care unit of the Damansara Specialist Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery.
According to her brother-in-law, Datuk Dr Zakaria Zahari, Yasmin suffered a stroke and hemorrhaging 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.
Meanwhile, popular singer Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and her husband Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa who were also present when Yasmin was presenting the paper, said Yasmin 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," he told reporters when met at the hospital.
Siti said after Yasmin was laid down in a supine position, a TV3 worker contacted a panel doctor of the station who gave her the initial treatment.
She said Yasmin was then rushed to the hospital where she arrived at 3.45pm.
"Only on arriving at the hospital did Yasmin showed some response," she said.
Tan Kean Ang, a friend and managing director of the Leo Burnett advertising agency, said Yasmin had been fine the morning and had exchanged jokes with staff at the office.
"I was surprised when this happened," he said, adding that he was in discussions with Yasmin on several projects which also involved Siti and her husband.
Yasmin's movie "Sepet" won critical international acclaim and her advertisement creations have been hits among Malaysians.