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Dasmunsi critical, say AIIMS doctors

india Updated: Oct 14, 2008 01:55 IST

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, 62, is battling for life at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted on early Monday morning.

He has been put on the life-support system and doctors treating him say his condition continues to be extremely critical.

Dasmunsi was brought to AIIMS casualty late on Sunday night after he complained of breathlessness and severe chest pain. Doctors treating him say he suffered a heart attack on way to the hospital.

“He had suffered a complete left ventricular failure of the heart before he was admitted to AIIMS casualty, from where he was shifted to the cardiac intensive care unit of the institute around 2.30 am,” said Dr Y K Gupta, AIIMS spokesperson.

The minister is being treated by a multi-discipline team of doctors led by Dr Rakesh Yadav, associate professor of cardiology at AIIMS.

Dasmunshi's condition is extremely critical and his vitals - blood pressure, pulse rate and respiration rate -- are functioning with the aid of ventilator.

Sources in AIIMS, on the condition of anonymity, informed Hindustan Times that the condition of the minister is slowly deteriorating, with the left side of his body has completely paralysed.

Dasmunshi is diabetic and had suffered a severe heart attack on July 6 this year on way to Kolkata from Malda district in north West Bengal after attending a Congress party meeting. He was admitted in Calcutta's Apollo Gleneagles hospital where he underwent angioplasty to unblock two blood vessels.