Doctors battled for one hour
By Chandani Kirinde
Top surgeons battled for more than one hour to save Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar’s life when he was rushed to the National Hospital after being shot in the head and chest on Friday night.

Hospital director Hector Weerasinghe said, Mr. Kadirgamar was admitted around 11.05 p.m. and specialists including a cardiologist, neurologist, orthopaedic surgeon and anaesthetist were called in for the emergency operation.

He said the minister had been shot twice in the chest, once in the head.
“A penetrating gun shot wound to the right side of the chest was a serious injury,” Dr.Weerasinghe said.

Mr.Kadirgamar was pronounced dead around 12.15 a.m. Colombo Chief Magistrate Kusala Sarojini Weerawardene later visited the hospital for an inquiry.Several VIPs including President Chandrika Kumaratunga rushed to the National hospital soon after they heard of the shooting.

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