Deshmukh ‘still critical’, continues to be under observation


The Union Minister and former Maharashtra CM was flown to Chennai after suffering liver ailments on Monday

S Ramaswamy 

The condition of Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, admitted at a private hospital in Chennai for a liver-related ailment, was “still critical”, hospital officials said on Wednesday, 8 August.

“He is still critical and continues to be under observation,” an official at the Global Hospital, where the former chief minister of Maharashtra is under treatment, told reporters in Chennai, but declined to share any further information.

Hospital authorities said Deshmukh’s family members have requested that their privacy be respected and they would themselves convey information through social media, if need be.

A team of doctors of several specialities, including noted liver transplant surgeon Dr Mohamed Rela, is attending to Deshmukh, who is on life-support system in the intensive care unit.

The hospital spokesperson had said on Tuesday that the minister was in a stable condition and required to be under observation for two days.

Deshmukh, who underwent brief treatment in a Mumbai hospital, was brought to Chennai in a critical condition in an air ambulance on Monday evening.

Vilasrao Deshmukh critically ill, admitted in Chennai hospital

The Union Science and Technology Minister was flown to Chennai after suffering multiple organ failure

S Ramaswamy

Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is suffering from multiple organ failure, was brought by an air ambulance from Mumbai late last night and admitted to Global Hospital here.

Deshmukh, who was admitted to Breach Candy hospital at Mumbai last week, but was shifted to Chennai following a multiple organ failure besides liver failure.

Doctors attending to him said he was critically ill and was under life support. “We have to analyse his health condition before deciding on liver transplant. Under the present circumstances, we are keeping our fingers crossed.”

In Mumbai, he was under dialysis for three days as both his kidneys stopped functioning. The minister was moved to Chennai after the dialysis brought about no improvement in his condition.

The former Maharashtra chief minister’s liver ailment was detected a year ago during a routine check up, doctors said adding that the family was planning to go abroad or Chennai for treatment, but even before a decision was taken, his condition worsened, necessitating hospitalisation in Mumbai.

Dr Mohammed Rela, a renowned liver transplant specialist, is attending to him in Global Hospital sources said, adding that any decision on a transplant could be taken only after his basic health parameters stabilised.

Deshmukh’s son and actor Ritesh Deshmukh has expressed his willingness to donate a part of his liver, doctors said. This could be done only if the tissues of both the father and son matched and the transplant cleared by an expert committee by the Tamil Nadu government, which has to authorise the organ transplants.

The committee was appointed following complaints that kidney patients got donors by luring them with offers of big money but paid less after the surgery was over. This created a furore here four years back and a committee was constituted to oversee transplants.

Doctors attending to Vilasrao said they did not rule out transplant but, they have put him on wait list and are concentrating on restoring his basic health parameters.

Ramaswamy is a freelance journalist based in Chennai.


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