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Basu Still Critical, Immunity Level Deteriorating

PTI 12 Jan 2010, 21:45:34 PM IST

The condition of veteran CPI-M leader Jyoti Basu continued to remain critical on Tuesday in Kolkata as attending doctors said his immunity scale was deteriorating and he was given blood to raise haemoglobin levels.  Hospital Superintendent Debashis Sharma told PTI that Basu's resistance to receive medical treatment was going down gradually. 

"He was given one unit of blood today and the haemoglobin percentage rose to about nine. Another unit will be given tomorrow to reach the level of 10," Sharma said.  He was still on partial ventilation and there was no plan for dialysis.

His kidney was still functioning, he said.  A CT scan showed no change in the blood clot in his brain that he had developed after a fall at his residence in September 2008. "There was no change in the previous subdural haematoma," Sharma said.

A medical bulletin issued in the evening by AMRI hospital, where the 95-year-old leader was admitted on January one with pneumonia, said he was without fever for the past eight hours.  The hospital's executive vice-president T S Kuckrejja said Basu's general condition was still critical and he was on partial ventilation and on blood pressure stabilising drugs, Ionotrops.  Doctors of the medical board were in touch with AIIMS experts in Delhi. The board would meet at 11 am tomorrow to review Basu's condition.

One of the members of the medical board A K Maity said Basu's improvement was not up to the expected level. PTI