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Anna Dehydrated And Exhausted, Say Doctors

PTI 29 Aug 2011, 11:35:50 IST

Gurgaon, Aug 28: Anna Hazare was hospitalised after after he ended his 12-day fast on the Lokpal issue on Sunday and doctors said he is "very dehydrated and exhausted" but there is no cause for worry.

The 74-year-old Gandhian was taken straight to Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon from the fast venue at Ramlila maidan and admitted for a check-up and he will be under strict observation.

"He has been admitted. He is resting. His blood pressure is 120/70 and heart rate is 94. We are closely monitoring his condition because he has lost 7.5 kgs in a very short interval of time and keeping his age," Dr Naresh Trehan, chairperson and managing director of the hospital who headed a team of 36 doctors attending on Hazare, told.

"The heart rate is high, normally it should be 80," he said.

However, Trehan said, "There is no need to worry as all vital organs are settled. We have put him on liquid diet for at least 48 hours that includes coconut water and honey.

"We will also conduct tests of his kidneys, liver and other vital organs to check for any damage," Trehan said, adding the Gandhian will be discharged only after his condition is declared fit.

"We have started his liquid diet. After this, we will slowly move towards semi-liquid diet and solid diet thereafter," Trehan said.

Police had a tough time controlling the crowds to make way for the vehicle that brought Hazare to the hospital from Ramlila Maidan as the Gandhian's supporters carrying bouquets thronged the road to catch his glimpse.

It took about 30 minutes for the police to clear the way for Hazare, who was accompanied by his close aides Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia among others.

Some of the supporters even demanded that the Gandhian come out of the vehicle for a few minutes so that they can touch his feet to seek his blessings, eyewitnesses said.

Throughout his fast at Ramlila Maidan, a team of doctors had been monitoring Hazare's health. "He may stay in the hospital for a couple of days," one of the team doctors said. PTI