Deshmukh still critical.

A day after he was shifted from a Mumbai hospital to a private hospital on Chennai’s outskirts, Union Minister for Science and Technology and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was battling for life.

The hospital authorities were tight-lipped on his condition.   The 67-year-old Deshmukh, who was flown in here by an air ambulance on Monday evening, and admitted to Global Hospital at Perumbakkam — reputed for liver and kidney transplants — continued to be “critical” on Tuesday. But by evening, his condition was said to be “stable”.

Deshmukh is on life support system in the hospital’s ICU, hermetically sealed to the outside world except his close family members and Union Minister of State for Coal, Pratik Prakash Babu Patil who called on him at the hospital in the evening. But Patil did not have any word with the large media contingent waiting at the hospital since morning.

Deshmukh’s both kidneys have reportedly failed, which was further aggravated by a liver problem, but there was no official confirmation by the hospital till evening.

The minister is under the care of Dr Mohammed Rela, a pioneer and world renowned specialist in auxiliary liver transplant, a technique he is said to have developed while in London.

Among Deshmukh’s close kin, his wife Vaishali, sons Amit and Riteish Deshmukh and the latter’s wife, actress Genelia, the Congress leader’s third son and his brother are camping in the hospital. Sources said that Deshmukh’s sons are particularly unhappy that “a lot of rumours” are being floated about their father’s health.

It is not immediately clear whether Deshmukh’s present health condition would permit him to undergo a liver transplant as reported in a section of media earlier.

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