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Big B may remain in ICU till Sunday

'Younger brother' Amar Singh said the actor was doing well. Wish him a speedy recovery| What?s wrong with Bachchan?

india Updated: Dec 02, 2005 11:33 IST

A day after undergoing surgery to seal perforations in his small intestine, Amitabh Bachchan was recuperating in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lilavati Hospital and is likely to remain there till Sunday, said hospital sources.

And in good news for worried fans, ‘younger brother’ Amar Singh said the actor was doing well with his condition stable.

The actor will undergo more tests on Sunday before doctors decide whether to shift him to a regular ward or not, hospital sources added.

Since the Bachchan family insisted that the hospital keep mum on all aspects of Bachchan’s treatment, it was left to the Samajwadi Party leader to brief the media and scores of fans about the actor’s condition.

“I have spoken to Amitabhji... The worst is over... The diagnosis has been done and the treatment is underway. Amitabhji has also thanked the media and the people at large for showing concern towards

his health and extending wishes for a speedy recovery,” said Singh.
Sources in the hospital said the puncture in the small intestine could have led to further complications if not surgically repaired, which is why doctors chose to go in for the unscheduled surgery.

Meanwhile, across town at the Breach Candy Hospital on Thursday, away from the media glare, another actor, Randhir Kapoor, was “undergoing tests”.

A diabetic, he’s reported to have contracted a “foot infection which could be gangrene” but brother Rajeev Kapoor dismissed it as “just some tests he’s gone for which will require him to be in the hospital for a couple of days.”

Eat home food: docs

Medical experts say the big B’s doctors did the right thing by operating on him immediately, adding that if his infection had been neglected, it would have spread to the rest of the abdomen, perhaps even proving fatal.

Two days after the operation, the superstar will have to go on a liquid diet. This is substituted with soft food like dal and liquid rice four days later.

Bachchan can safely start consuming solid food a week after surgery if the pain doesn’t re-surface. However, doctors warn that re-infection is a possibility, and say the Big B would do best to eat only boiled home-cooked food.
(Naresh Kamath)

Bedded to history

Close behind billa number 786 from Coolie, bed number 608, at Lilavati Hospital’s ICU, might become another addition to the Big B trivia list. Bachchan spent the night on the sixth floor ICU. Keeping vigil were daughter Shweta and Nikhil Nanda, wife Jaya, son Abhishek and the Sahara parivar. Apparently, brother Ajitabh has been a regular visitor too. While Jaya has spent two nights there, Abhishek will now be on the nightshift with a separate room allocated to him.

No ‘ma’ near Big B

An absent member of the family, though, is mother Teji Bachchan. The matriarch of the family is at Bachchan’s Prateeksha bungalow. When a Bachchan office staffer was asked if she would be visiting her son, he said, “No she won’t. She probably doesn’t know of his condition. She’s well, but frail and the information would come as a shock to her.”

KBC’s fate hangs

Head honchos of Star TV are expected to arrive at a decision on their future course of action regarding KBC2 by Monday. Bachchan is expected to be out of action for at least a month, which poses a huge problem for the channel. While Star TV has a bank of episodes till December 23, uncertainty looms on the remaining 24 episodes, which are yet to be shot. A decision is expected to be made after the bosses give the matter due thought over the weekend.

Siddhartha Basu from Synergy Communications, which produces KBC2, said, “It’s a fluid situation. A call is being taken by the broadcaster.” With revenues of around Rs 3.5 crore per episode in advertising at stake, the channel will have to weigh its options carefully.