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Salman Goes To US For Treatment

PTI 30 Aug 2011, 10:58:19 IST

Mumbai,Aug 30:Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Monday night flew to the US for treatment for an acute neurological condition ( trigeminal neuralgia). The actor on his way to airport tweeted - "Chalo guys am on my way to fix the short circuit in my nerve. (sic)" Salman had earlier postponed his plans to travel to the US for treatment due to Hurricane Irene.

Salman will undergo two surgeries within four days and miss action in Mumbai for almost a month.According to a source close to the family, "the first surgery is likely to take place on August 30 and after a gap of four days a second one will be done."The actor was first scheduled to leave for the US on Saturday but had to postpone it due to cancellation of flights because of Hurricane Irene.

Salman, who will miss the release of his new film 'Bodyguard' this week, said he is an extremely painful condition.He confessed that there are times when he starts screaming in pain. "While shooting for Partner seven years ago, Lara Dutta touched the right side of my forehead. I felt I had been struck by an electric current," he said.

He has been on painkillers ever since. "I just can't bear the pain anymore. Even talking or eating's unbearable," he said.The decision to get the surgery done was taken after consultation with a team of doctors in Mumbai. Salman said, "We don't have the equipment nor the expertise for my nerve problem which has forced me to go abroad for the surgery." 

At the same time the actor is feeling bad that he will miss the Ganapati festival. The Dabanng star who is known to promote his films release in a big way had earlier planned to travel to various cities for the promotion of 'Bodyguard'.

A source said that "there were two premieres planned in Delhi with security forces and guards which had to be cancelled because Salman is going away."

The actor is being accompanied by his two brothers Sohail, Arbaaz and sister Alvira Agnihotri. After he recovers from the the surgery the actor said he will fly to Dublin to shoot for Yash Raj's film 'Ek Tha Tiger'.