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Suchitra Sen's condition critical

Kolkata: Bengali screen goddess Suchitra Sen's condition deteriorated Saturday afternoon, prompting medics to rush emergency measures that stabilised her, a doctor said.By the evening, the 82-year-old actress - under treatment at the Intensive Therapy Unit
IANS January 12, 2014 8:25 IST
IANS
Kolkata: Bengali screen goddess Suchitra Sen's condition deteriorated Saturday afternoon, prompting medics to rush emergency measures that stabilised her, a doctor said.

By the evening, the 82-year-old actress - under treatment at the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) of a nursing home here - was responding to non-intensive ventilation and other therapies, with her oxygen level going up.

Sen's oxygen saturation level had dipped in the afternoon, necessitating intensive non-invasive oxygen support and endotracheal intubation.

"Because of cough accumulation in the neck area, we resorted to emergency procedures like the endo-tracheal tube (a tube inserted through the mouth to ensure free air passage). She has responded to the therapies and is now stable," said Subrata Maitra, one of the team of experts monitoring her at the Belle Vue Clinic.

Sen's see-sawing health status had fans speculating about her being put on life support. However, the doctors scotched rumours.

She remains critical.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the ailing legend for the third successive day Saturday.

A group of monks from the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission - of which Sen is a disciple - headquarters Belur Math blessed the actresss Saturday for her speedy recovery.

A two-member team of opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist led by Rabin Deb also went to the nursing home and enquired about Sen's condition from the doctors.