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Dasmunsi continues to be critical

delhi Updated: Oct 15, 2008 00:59 IST
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Dasmunsi continues to be critical

Union Information and Broadcasting minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi continues to remain in a critical state, according to the doctors treating him at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Sixty-two-year-old Dasmunsi was admitted to AIIMS on late Sunday night with complete left ventricular failure of the heart.

A source in AIIMS claimed that Dasmunsi was brought to the institute in an almost life-less condition and the doctors had to try hard to resuscitate him. "He was in a pretty bad shape and, in fact, hasn't come out of danger still. Only a miracle can save him now."

He has been kept under close observation in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of AIIMS, and there is not much improvement in his condition for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. "Dasmunsi's condition continues to be serious, but stable," said Dr D.K. Sharma, Medical Superintendent, AIIMS.

The seriousness of his condition can be gauged by the fact that the multi-discipline team of doctors that has been formed to look after Dasmunsi comprises all the senior most doctors of their respective field. Professor and HoD cardiology Dr V.K. Bahl heads the team of doctors treating him, which has Dr Nikhil Tandon, prof of endocrinology and metabolism, and Dr M.V. Padma, professor of neurology, among other doctors. That is because, according to the sources in the institute, apart from the heart, Dasmunsi's other organs are also affected.

"His blood pressure, pulse rate and respiration are being maintained. But he is still on ventilator," said one of the doctors from the team treating him.

The doctor said, "The function of the left ventricle is to pump blood efficiently to the body. This did not happen when he was brought to the institute."