RNA – The health of the founder of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Imam Sayyed Ruhollah Khomeyni, declined several years before his death. After spending eleven days in Jamaran Hospital in northern Tehran, he died on June 3, 1989, after suffering five heart attacks in just ten days following surgery for stomach cancer on May 23.
Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and successor of Imam Khomeyni, said that a group of forty cardiologists, who were around Imam Khomeyni, came and revealed that the Imam’s heart wasn’t healthy. The Imam’s son, Sayyed Haj Ahmad, came to Jamaran Hospital on the same night or the next day and said that the Imam had accepted his fate and strongly stated that he wouldn’t accept being operated on.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “One night we went to assist the Imam. I told him, ‘I believe your body is younger than your age. Your lungs are healthy, your stomach is healthy, your blood is fine and healthy. You have no problems. Your body is twenty years younger than your age. There is only one small problem and that is that your heart cannot handle this healthy body properly. If we assume that surgery is performed on your heart with an acceptable percentage of success to allow your body to work for the Islamic ummah for another twenty years, what is your opinion?’”
“This statement had a strange effect on the Imam. He was silent and did not answer. We were assured because the Imam was ready to be operated on,” he added.
The Supreme Leader said that once again, Sayyed Ahmad stated that we should hold a meeting regarding the Imam. “We thought that this about the Imam’s heart surgery. I saw that Sayyed Ahmad was very upset and affected. He said that doctors had diagnosed the Imam with cancer.”
“It turned out that they had seen a symptom of stomach cancer in the Imam [dark feces] and told the doctor and the doctor said that we must perform diagnostic surgery on his stomach immediately and finally, they concluded that it was indeed cancer. From that day until the day the Imam passed away, not even twenty days had passed,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Source: Sayyed Yaser Jebraili, “Narrations of the Leader.” The Institute for Preserving and Publishing Works by Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, 2019.
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