Raju Srivastava gains consciousness after 15 days; his health is improving, confirms comedian's personal secretary
Raju Srivastava's personal secretary has said that the comedian has ‘gained consciousness after 15 days’. He was hospitalised on August 10 after suffering a heart attack.
Over a fortnight after being hospitalised following a heart attack, comedian Raju Srivastava gained consciousness on Thursday. His personal secretary Garvit Narang said that Raju's health condition is improving but he is being monitored by doctors. The 58-year-old stand-up comedian was admitted to the AIIMS on August 10. (Also Read | 'Raju Srivastava's doctors have said that he will recover but it will take time')
Raju collapsed after experiencing chest pain while working out at a Delhi gym. His trainer took him to the hospital. Raju underwent an angioplasty the same day.
News agency ANI quoted Garvit as saying, "Raju Srivastava gained consciousness today after 15 days, he's being monitored by doctors at AIIMS Delhi. His health condition is improving."
Earlier this week, Raju's daughter Antara told news agency PTI, "He is stable and still unconscious. Doctors are treating him."
Last week amid reports of his deteriorating health, his wife Shikha asked people not to ‘spread rumours' as it affects their morale. She had told PTI, "My sincere request is kindly do not spread rumours. It affects our morale. We do not want negative energy, we need positivity. Please pray for his speedy recovery and he will be back soon. Doctors are giving their best and Raju ji is supporting them, He is fighting. So, kindly do not spread negativity."
Actor Shekhar Suman had also updated about Raju's health. On Twitter last week, Shekhar wrote, "Today's update on Raju according to his family members..his organs are functioning normally. Though still unconscious, doctor says he is supposedly improving steadily. Mahadev ki kripa (God's grace). Har Har Mahadev."
Raju rose to fame after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (2005). He has also featured in Hindi films such as Baazigar, Maine Pyar Kiya, Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya and Bombay to Goa. He is the chairperson of the Film Development Council Uttar Pradesh.