Basu battling for life

Basu battling for life

An artist gives final touches to a pencil sketch of former Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu, in Kolkata on Friday. PTI

“Basu has been feeling drowsy and his urine output has considerably reduced; his heart beat has become very irregular and the cardiac condition is under watch,” hospital executive director D N Agarwal told newsmen here on Saturday. The doctors will take a final decision on whether he’d be put on dialysis.

Asked to elaborate further, Agarwal conceded that these symptoms “signify involvement of multiple organs and there has been a deterioration in his general condition.” But when pressed to clarify if this is a sign of multi-organ failure, he replied, “Please don’t confuse between involvement and failure.”

Even as Basu’s urinary outputs slightly improved following medicines, Agarwal said, doctors have been keeping a close watch on his kidney functions. The hospital medical board on Friday had a teleconference with a panel of specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who expressed their satisfaction over the line of treatment. Basu was kept under full ventilation as a precautionary measure on Friday night, though he was put on a partial ventilatory support in the daytime.

Hospital sources said “though all possible measures are being taken, the main hindrance to Basu’s speedy recovery is his age,” Sushrut Bandopadhyay, who is on the medical board treating the ailing leader at a private hospital here, told reporters. Bandopadhyay said Basu was fed through riles tube on Friday. Presence of a highly drug-resistant bacteria has been confirmed during a bronchoscopy.

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