Eminent cartoonist RK Laxman critical, suffers multi-organ failure

  • Yogesh Joshi, Hindustan Times, Pune
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2015 02:50 IST

The condition of eminent cartoonist RK Laxman was reported to be critical, a day after he was hospitalised, doctors treating him said Sunday.

Laxman, 94, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital for urinal infection. The doctors at the Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital said Laxman has been put on ventilator support following multi-organs failure.

"Laxman is critically ill. He was admitted for urinal infection coupled with multi organ failure. We have put him on ventilator," said Dr Sameer Jog. The nonagenarian cartoonist underwent dialysis late on Saturday, maintained hospital sources.

"Laxman has had various health issues. In the past he was suffering from renal inefficiency and lung infection," said Jog.

In 2010, Laxman suffered strokes, taking toll on the right side of his body and his speech, said Kailas Bhingare, who runs Saraswati library, and is close to Laxman family.

Even as strokes has prevented the cartoonist him speaking, he continued to sketch cartoons, expressing himself, through his pet character - an emblematic face of common man, said Bhingare.

For more than five decades, Laxman through his character of common man, held mirror to the society by creating satire targeting politicians. Of late though, he has stopped sketching political cartoons.

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