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Sena chief out of ICU, Raj visits him

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray visited Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on Wednesday to inquire about his uncle and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s health.

mumbai Updated: Jul 26, 2012 01:22 IST
HT Correspondent

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray visited Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on Wednesday to inquire about his uncle and Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s health.

Raj arrived at the hospital at 1pm and spent around 45 minutes with the Sena chief in his room on the 11th floor of the hospital.

According to Sena sources, he also met the doctors on duty and inquired about the tests conducted.

Raj is said to have sat with his uncle and comforted him on his anxiety following Raj’s estranged cousin and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray’s angioplasty that was conducted last week following complaints of chest pain.

Bal Thackeray, 85, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning following complaints related to breathing and constipation.

He was shifted from the ICU on the 6th floor to a special room on the 11th floor on Wednesday morning, as his condition improved. According to sources at the hospital, Thackeray is likely to be discharged only next week.

The Sena chief is known to be suffering from chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) — a chronic lung disease which leads to difficulty in breathing and ischemic heart disease, resulting in lowered blood supply to the heart.

“Balasaheb has been having problems related to the lungs and digestion for some time now, for which he had been admitted earlier. He will be going through routine tests, following which he will be discharged,” a senior Sena leader who visited the hospital told Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, Uddhav, who has been fixed with around five coronary medicated stents to take care of three coronary blockages, has been advised complete bed rest for a fortnight.