Fashion Designer Rohit Bal Critical, On Ventilator In Medanta Hospital

New Delhi: Ace fashion designer Rohit Bal is fighting for his life in Medanta Hospital in Delhi NCR (Gurugram). The designer is in the ICU of Medanta Hospital and was put on a ventilator on November 23. He has a pre-existing cardiac condition.

“Bal was rushed to the hospital by model Suraj Dhalia three days ago. His heart was sinking and he was unconscious. His pacemaker gave seven shocks. He was initially taken to Moolchand and when his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to Medanta,” a close friend told HT City.

Srinagar-born Rohit Bal began his career in 1986 and is one of the most renowned fashion designers in the country.

Bal, 62, was reportedly struggling with alcohol addiction and has been in and out of rehab. In November last year, his condition took a turn for the worse, necessitating his immediate admission to Medanta Hospital.

In February 2010, Bal had a heart attack that required an emergency angioplasty.

He won ‘Designer of the Year’ at the Indian Fashion Awards in 2006 and the Kingfisher Fashion Achievement Awards in 2001. His works were also acknowledged in 2012 when he was named Lakme Grand Finale Designer.

He was called India’s Master of fabric and fantasy by Time Magazine.

The designer in an interview said he considered himself as ‘traditionalist’ and said he doesn’t design clothes thinking about trends. Rohit Bal held fashion shows in top cities of the world including London, Paris, New York, Singapore, and Moscow. Bal also ventured into the culinary business and opened his first restaurant ‘Veda’ in the year 2005.

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