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Exhausted, dehydrated Anna still going strong

He sure does draw energy from the love of his supporters. Sanjeev K Ahuja reports. Day 13: Health chart

india Updated: Aug 29, 2011 01:06 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times

He sure does draw energy from the love of his supporters.

This is perhaps what explains Anna Hazare (74) riding in a Toyota Innova rather than an ambulance to Gurgaon's Medanta - The Medicity, despite not having eaten anything for 12 consecutive days.

The hospital's ambulance, equipped with advanced life-support devices, was moving along Anna Hazare's motorcade to ensure emergency care was provided without wasting time, if needed.


However, the 40-minute ride from Ramlila Ground to the multi-speciality hospital in Gurgaon was covered smoothly, with the anti-graft crusader waving at his supporters throughout.

Contrary to expectations, Hazare was not taken to either of the general or cardiac Intensive Care Units (ICU) but moved to the patient recovery ward on the 13th floor of the hospital.

Two ICUs had been reserved for him since past two days, in case there was a need. The doctors took blood samples to check his liver and kidney function and blood sugar, etc., and performed other tests to check his heart condition.

Dr Naresh Trehan, director and MD of the hospital, said Hazare's blood pressure that was recorded on arrival remained on the lower side at 120/70 while the heart beat (pulse rate) was slightly higher at 94 beats per minute.

The normal pulse rate is around 75 per minute. He has also lost a total of about 7.5kg during the fast and weighs about 66kg.

"Annaji, though looks fine, is exhausted and dehydrated. His blood sugar level is low. We have taken blood samples to check the functioning of his vital organs such as kidneys and liver, which get affected due to long fasting. We also have to check the electrolyte and ketone levels," said Dr Trehan.

While talking about diet, Dr Trehan, who had been keeping a close watch on Hazare's health all though his fasting, said he would be on liquid diet for the first 2-3 days. "We would wait for 48-72 hours to start solid diet, as his intestines will not be ready to absorb solid food so early," he added.

Hazare was kept on coconut water and honey with no glucose drip.

The doctors at the hospital also endorsed the Brahamcharya power that Hazare had talked about on the stage at the Ramlila Ground on Saturday.

First Published: Aug 29, 2011 00:47 IST