On Tuesday evening, 24 hours after he was flown down from Mumbai to a super specialty hospital in Chennai, Union science and technology minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, 67, showed signs of improvement.
“His condition is stable. But he will remain hospitalised for two more days,” said an official of Global Health City, where Deshmukh is admitted.
In Mumbai, CM Prithviraj Chavan said, “I had decided to leave for Chennai…But, I spoke to Amit (Deshmukh’s eldest son) and he said nobody is allowed to meet him. Amit also said he is responding to the treatment.”
There was, however, no official confirmation or medical bulletin corroborating this.
"Family members have asked us not to divulge any information to the media,” said a hospital source.
The former Maharashtra CM is in the intensive care unit, where he is being treated for liver ailment under the care of Dr Mohammed Rela. Earlier in the day he was said to be critical.
Initially, doctors were planning a liver transplant, but till late Tuesday evening, neither the hospital nor the government had put in a request for a liver with the Tamil Nadu Organ Sharing Network.
According to sources, efforts to find a perfect match can begin only after the patient’s family registers a request.
Last week, Deskhmukh had been admitted to the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai.
At 5.45 pm Union minister of state for coal, PP Patil, former Union minister Vilas Muttemwar and another Maharashtra Congress leader visited the ailing minister and his family members and spent two hours with them. They did not speak to mediapersons outside the hospital.
Meanwhile, overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi was given additional charge of micro, small and medium enterprises ministry, which has been Deshmukh’s responsibility since June after Virbhadra Singh resigned following corruption charges.
(With inputs from agencies)