Bacterial Infection Coming down, But Basu Still Critical: Medical Bulletin

Health condition of veteran CPM leader and former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu, who was hospitalized on January 1 following a pneumonia attack, continues to be critical but the bacterial infection has mitigated, said media reports.

A medical bulletin issued by the AMRI hospital said that Basu will be transfused a unit of blood during the day. Yesterday too, he was given a unit of blood for enhancing his haemoglobin count that had come down, reports said.

The bulletin said, “He is still critical and still on ventilation. But the infection count has marginally come down. Urine output is also stable.”

Last week, microbiological tests conducted on him had revealed the presence of several bacteria in his lungs.

Basu, who was hospitalized on January 1, was moved to ICCU next day and was later on January 6 put on ventilator support after developing breathing problems.

Basu underwent a brain scan on Tuesday which showed no positive change in an old clot that he had developed after a fall in his bathroom in 2008.

(Based on internet reports)

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