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Docs fret over Baba's sluggish recovery

Last updated: 12 April, 2011
Chethan Kumar,Bangalore, Apr 12 (PTI) 9:19 IST

16 days in hospital, the spiritual guru’s condition remains critical

For the first time since Sathya Sai Baba was admitted to the hospital, doctors treating him have expressed concern over his condition.

Sai Baba, undergoing treatment for past 16 days at the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Institute of Higher Medical Sciences at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday continued to respond to treatment, but the pace at which he is improving has worried the doctors.

“His response to the treatment is positive but sluggish, which is a bit of a cause for worry for the team of doctors attending on him... he continues to be in a critical state of health,” Hospital Director A N Safaya stated in the official health bulletin issued on Tuesday morning.

Safaya’s statement assumes importance as none of the doctors on the panel had so far expressed any concern over Baba’s condition.

They had repeatedly maintained that “he is critical but responding well.”

A slight improvement in his condition last Wednesday had given the doctors hope that he would get better further and tide over the trouble.

Not satisfactory

However, sources in the hospital told Deccan Herald that the panel of doctors treating him was of the opinion now that his response to the treatment was not satisfactory.

That he is still unable to eat through his mouth is not helping the 85-year-old Baba in responding to the treatment that involves heavy medication, including tablets to help maintain some of his vital parameters.

On ventilator


Baba, who is known for his miracles, is still on ventilator to assist his respiration and intermittent haemodialysis to assist his kidneys.

The vital parameters of his health like the heart rate, blood pressure and the blood gas values continue to be stable and are in near-normal levels.

Also, Baba’s liver function, which deteriorated on Sunday, has been slowly returning to normal.

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