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Basu's Condition Extremely Critical: Personal Doctor

PTI 17 Jan 2010, 0:21:59 AM IST

The condition of 95-year-old CPI-M patriarch Jyoti Basu, who has suffered multi-organ failure, turned "extremely critical" tonight after his blood pressure began dropping when he was on dialysis. 

"The Slow Low Efficiency Daily Dialysis (SLEDD) on Basu which was to continue for eight hours, was stopped after seven and a half hours as his blood pressure began dropping. His condition is extremely critical," Dr Ajit Kumar Maity, Basu's personal physician and a member of the medical board at AMRI hospital where the CPI(M) leader is admitted, told PTI.

Since he has suffered multi-organ failure, the effect of the dialysis is not being sustained, he said. 

"Basu will undergo SLEDD for eight hours again tomorrow. He will undergo it every day as long as he is able to tolerate it," Maity said. When a patient is unable to withstand normal dialysis, SLEDD is resorted to. 

The evening bulletin of the hospital said: "He is in a state of multi-organ failure. His condition is extremely critical." Hospital Executive Director D N Agarwal earlier said that Basu was on full ventilatory support and there was also a further drop in his urine output. 

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, senior party leaders Prakash Karat and Brinda Karat, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, former chief minister Siddharta Sankar Ray visited the hospital during the day.

Basu was admitted to AMRI Hospital with pneumonia on January one and put on a ventilator on January six. PTI