Actress Shikha Malhotra suffered a stroke on Thursday, which reportedly left her paralysed on the right side of her body, impairing movement and speech. The 26-year-old, who starred in Fan alongside Shah Rukh Khan in 2016, is currently recovering at Mumbai’s Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle. The incident comes two months after Malhotra tested positive for the coronavirus and had to be admitted to hospital for treatment.
Her publicist Ashwani Shukla told Indian Express that Malhotra suffered a major stroke on the night of December 10 and was rushed to hospital. The stroke has reportedly affected her ability to speak at present. He mentioned that after her brush with COVID-19, Malhotra’s low sugar level had been causing problems in health. While she is now showing improvement, Shukla said, “doctors have said that she will have to stay in the hospital for a few days.”
Shikha Malhotra As A Frontline Health Worker
Malhotra, who has also featured in films like Running Shaadi and Kaanchli Life in a Slough, is also a certified nurse. In March, she had announced, “For those who don’t know that I am a #Registered #BscHonoursNurse from Vardhaman Mahavir Medical and #SafdarjungHospital Spending my five years.
After the lockdown began, the actress started volunteering as a patient counsellor at a BMC-run trauma hospital in Jogeshwari, Mumbai. She also urged medical graduates to join in the fight. “I decided to help COVID-19 patients as I have the tool to help them,” Shikha had earlier said in an Instagram post.
“I realised the situation was serious. I started visiting hospitals in Mumbai from the very next day, until I found a government hospital. I was directed to the medical superintendent, who was surprised that I wanted to do this. They wanted to place me in the isolation ward for Covid-19, as they required more people for that. My shift lasts around 11-12 hours, I want to put in more,” Hindustan Times had quoted her.
Malhotra Recovers From COVID-19
The 26-year-old had revealed on Instagram that she tested positive for COVID-19 during her stint as a volunteer. Earlier she had breathing trouble and subsequently got hospitalised. She informed followers that her condition was stable.
She also added, “so far no vaccine has been prepared for COVID19, so take care of yourself and your loved ones, wear masks, wash hands regularly, do not forget to use sanitiser.. Gratitude for infinite love and respect.” Read more here.