Veteran Marxist Leader Jyoti Basu critically ill

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    Veteran Marxist leader and ex West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu is critically ill , pray for his speedy recovery.

     
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    http://www.ptinews.com/news/460655_Basu-in-critical-state---Buddhadeb

    Basu in critical state : Buddhadeb

    STAFF WRITER 18:9 HRS IST

    Barasat (WB), Jan 09 (PTI) CPI-M veteran leader Jyoti Basu is in a critical state, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said today.

    "Basu is in a critical state. The doctors are treating him in a difficult situation. We all want that he should get well," he said while addressing a Left Front meeting here.

    Bhattacharjee said Basu, who had pneumonia, did not want to be hospitalised. "But we took no risk and had him admitted (to hospital) on January 1."

    He said doctors at the private AMRI hospital, where Basu was admitted, had consulted specialists of All India Institute of Medical Sciences yesterday on Basu's treatment.
     
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    Jyoti Basu?s health deteriorates - Dateline India-The Sunday ET-Features-The Economic Times

    Jyoti Basu’s health deteriorates
    10 Jan 2010, 0454 hrs IST, IANS

    KOLKATA: The condition of Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu deteriorated on Saturday with the doctors saying the 95-year-old leader has slipped into drowsiness and his internal organs were affected.

    “There has been deterioration of his general condition,” said a medical bulletin of the AMRI Hospital , where Basu is being kept in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) on partial ventilator support . “He has developed fluid retention , and there has been a drop in urine output. He is also feeling drowsy. This signifies involvement of multiple organs,” the bulletin said.

    The former West Bengal chief minister was admitted to the hospital near his Salt Lake residence Jan 1 following chest congestion and infection. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M ) leader was put on ventilator support early Jan 6 after an acute respiratory problem.

    ‘He is still on partial ventilation. All adequate measures are being taken by the medical team,” said the bulletin. Hospital executive director DN Agarwal, who read out the bulletin, said the board will again examine the critically ill leader in the evening.

    An attending doctor said Basu has an irregular heartbeat. He was being given liquid food. A bronchoscopy done on Basu has revealed that the pneumonia attack was aggravated by some highly drug-resistant bacteria strains.
     
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    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | Basu condition worsens Organs being affected

    Basu condition worsens
    Organs being affected


    OUR BUREAU

    Calcutta, Jan. 9: Jyoti Basu’s condition deteriorated since this morning and signs of multi-organ failure emerged during the day.

    Apart from the infection in his lungs, which has caused pneumonia, the 95-year-old former chief minister’s central nervous system, cardiovascular system, kidneys and liver developed problems, precipitating a fresh crisis for the eight-member medical board treating Basu.

    “Till yesterday, we were treating him for the bacterial infections and fluctuating blood pressure and pulse rate. Now there is a fresh challenge as a number of vital organs are not functioning properly,” a doctor said.

    “The bronchial infection seems to have spread to other organs, affecting their functioning,” said the doctor, adding that Basu was suffering from septicaemia.

    Septicaemia is a bacterial infection of the blood. In Basu’s case, it is the result of the cascading effect of the lung infections.

    Basu has been on ventilator support since January 6 because of lung failure. The doctors identified bacterial infection as the reason for the lung failure.

    “We have been administering antibiotics to tackle the infections. But given the low immunity of his system and the virulent nature of the bacterial infections, the infections have now spread to the blood stream,” explained a doctor.

    Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, accompanied by his wife Meera and CPM state secretary Biman Bose, visited the hospital this evening and spoke to the doctors on Basu’s condition.

    “We are worried about his condition…. Let’s all hope that he recovers fast,” said Bhattacharjee while addressing a party meeting in Barasat from where he went to the hospital.

    According to hospital sources, because of the infection in lungs caused by three varieties of Gram-negative bacilli — acinetobacter, pseudomonas and klebsiella — Basu’s blood pressure and pulse rate were fluctuating throughout the day and the amount of inotropic drugs (for stabilising blood pressure) was increased.

    Hospital sources said Basu’s condition deteriorated abruptly around 2am. His level of consciousness went down — a condition known as “depressed sensorium” in medical parlance — and he started suffering bouts of drowsiness.

    Further complications set in later as the condition of his kidneys deteriorated, which stopped urinary output, and his liver showed signs of malfunctioning.

    “Kidney malfunctioning resulted in fluid deposition in parts of the body, including his brain, a situation known as cerebral oedema…. This is cause for major concern,” a doctor said.

    The doctors administered drugs to increase Basu’s urinary output and the evening medical bulletin said the drugs partially served their purpose.

    “His urine output improved slightly but with the help of loop diuretic drugs. In case there is a need, we will have to go for haemodialysis. But that’s not a favourable option, considering his age,” a medical board member said.

    Worrying factors

    Central nervous system: Brain function affected, causing bouts of drowsiness. Cerebral oedema has developed

    Kidneys: Not functioning well. Urine output has practically stopped; also, there is urine retention

    Cardiovascular: Poor functioning has led to irregular heartbeats

    Blood pressure and pulse rate: Fluctuating. Pressure-stabilising drugs increased significantly

    Lungs: Failure has forced doctors to put him on ventilator support

    Infection: Severe bacterial infections that have become resistant to antibiotics

    Liver: Not functioning properly
     
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    Jyoti Basu 'slightly better': Doctors - India - The Times of India

    Jyoti Basu 'slightly better': Doctors
    IANS, 10 January 2010, 01:30pm IST

    KOLKATA: The condition of Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu was a little better Sunday though he is still on partial ventilator support. The 95-year-old leader is responding to calls, doctors attending on him said.

    In their Sunday morning medical bulletin, doctors at the AMRI hospital said Basu's general condition was "slightly better compared to yesterday, but still critical" and he continues to be on partial ventilator support.

    On Saturday, they had described his condition as deteriorating and said he had slipped into a state of drowsiness. He was admitted Jan 1 for pneumonia.

    Doctors said Sunday Basu's central nervous system is better than Saturday and he is "responding to calls".

    His cardiovascular function is "more or less stable and his urine output has picked up under medication". There was no necessity of dialysis, it said.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been concerned over the veteran Marxist leader's health and had visited the city on Thursday to call on him. The doctors of AMRI hospital are in touch with a team of specialists at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi over Basu's treatment.
     
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    I am not worried.

    One must move on.

    Check what Pioneer had to say!

    Overrated Mahisasur!
     
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    The editor of the pioneer is Chandan Mitra. To put it politely, he's the official media spokesman for the BJP. Not the kind of person who would have nice things to say for the CPM.

    Anyway, Basu is over 90. He's lived a good life. Not really a shock if he were to expire.
     
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    Jyoti Basu still critical - India - The Times of India

    Jyoti Basu still critical
    TNN, 11 January 2010, 02:38am IST

    KOLKATA: Ailing CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu made a marginal recovery on Sunday, with doctors managing to keep his fluctuating heart-beat rate, blood pressure and urinary complication under control.

    The threat of infection and fluid accumulation in the brain and lungs still looms large, though. On Monday, doctors will test if muscle weakness and fatigue have set in. This apart, tests would also be carried out to assess the levels of sodium and potassium in his blood. The option of dialysis has been kept on hold for now.

    Medicines administered since Saturday morning have helped doctors tide over the immediate crisis. Basu’s heart and kidney functions were kept under control, though the need for drawing out excess fluid accumulating in his body still remains. Sources said Basu is still drowsy, but his senses are intact. As cerebral oedema has set in, the threat of coma also remains.

    ‘‘Cortisole test will be carried out to check the condition of his muscles. Bacterial infection has also been arrested. He is fighting,’’ said A K Maity, a member of the medical board. Susrut Bandyopadhyay, a critical care specialist treating Basu, said though he is still critical, some parameters had improved during the day. ‘‘There are some positive signs. We are trying to build on them,’’ Bandyopadhyay said.

    Doctors are also worried about the impact of needle-pushing on Basu’s frail body for the tests. Medicines given on Saturday will take another day to show their full effect.

    A team of seven specialists in AIIMS Delhi is also ready for consultation. After Saturday’s crisis, a pulmonologist, cardiologist, nephrologist, critical care specialist, neurologist, gastroenterologist and community health expert were consulted. Another tele-conference is likely to be held on Monday.

    The ailing leader’s youngest grand-daughter Koel Basu visited him at the hospital in the evening. The Dalai Lama, who was in the city on Sunday, said he was saddened at seeing the ‘‘pale face of Basu’’.
     
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    Basu's 'historic blunder' is Mulayam's 'biggest regret'- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times

    Basu's 'historic blunder' is Mulayam's 'biggest regret'
    11 Jan 2010, 0551 hrs IST, ET Bureau

    NEW DELHI: Recalling the events of 1996, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said CPM’s decision to deny prime ministership to veteran Marxist Jyoti Basu was unfortunate for the country.

    CPM’s decision, which Mr Basu himself had later termed as a “historic blunder”, was described by Mr Yadav as his “biggest regret”. The former United Front leader, who visited the ailing CPM leader in Kolkata, said had Mr Basu become PM, he would have set an example for other leaders to follow.

    “He had admirable guts and a fighting spirit. But it has been my biggest regret that though we all (United Front leaders) wanted to make Basu prime minister, CPM supreme body did not allow him to take up the post,” he told reporters.

    “Had Jyoti Basu been the prime minister, then those succeeding him would have been more mindful of the chair. Had he been allowed to become prime minister, it would have raised the prestige of the chair,” the Samajwadi Party chief said.

    When Jyoti Basu’s name was proposed for the top post as the United Front’s consensus candidate, the CPM central committee rejected the idea. Several United Front leaders had requested the then CPM general secretary Harkishan Singh Surjeet to accept the proposal to make Mr Basu the prime minister. Later, Mr Basu, who would have been the first communist prime minister of the country, termed the party’s decision as a “historic blunder”.

    “I was told by Mr Surjeet that the committee has decided by one vote that he cannot be prime minister,” Mr Yadav said. He said this was an unfortunate decision by the party.

    Describing Mr Basu, the longest serving chief minister, as an ideal leader, Mr Yadav said “we should all take inspiration from him... I am sure the situation of the country would have been much better if Jyoti Basu was allowed by his party to take up the job offered to him by the United Front in 1996”.
     
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    http://www.ptinews.com/news/463543_Basu-s-condition-still-critical

    Basu's condition still critical

    STAFF WRITER 20:39 HRS IST

    Kolkata, Jan 11 (PTI) The condition of CPI-M patriarch Jyoti Basu, kept on partial ventilation in hospital, continued to be critical today.

    "He is a critical patient and we are dealing with a critical situation," executive vice-president of AMRI Hospital T S Kuckrejja told reporters.

    He said the 95-year-old former West Bengal chief minister's general condition remained unchanged and his blood pressure was being maintained with a minimum dose of ionotrope, while his urine output was satisfactory.

    "Urinary output is satisfactory with 30-40 ml per hour without medication which is satisfactory," he said.

    Basu was being fed through a Ryles tube and his condition monitored constantly.

    The AMRI medical board had a 'routine' tele-conference with the AIIMS critical care unit in Delhi and experts there had expressed satisfaction with the treatment modalities.
     
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    Basu fever sets off fresh alarm - India - The Times of India

    Basu fever sets off fresh alarm
    TNN, 12 January 2010, 02:32am IST

    KOLKATA: The unchanged vital parameters of CPM patriarch Jyoti Basu — in spite of aggressive medication — are beginning to worry the team of doctors treating him. From Monday evening, there has been a slight increase in his temperature and a marginal drop in urine output, triggering fresh alarm.

    The sudden onset of fever triggered a flurry late on Monday, with doctors feeling that suppressing it could be counterproductive. ‘‘Fever can indicate that the body is resisting the infection,’’ a medicine specialist said.

    Basu is still in critical condition and continues to remain on ventilator support. His senses have not shown any signs of improvement. The 95-year-old former chief minister tried to open his eyes when doctors called out to him on Monday but could not. The cortisol test report, which reached the doctors on Monday evening, is not very encouraging, either. Sources said that the ailing leader’s muscles are showing signs of weakening.

    He continues to be administered medication to maintain his blood pressure and urine output. ‘‘The only saving grace is that his body is responding to these medicines,’’ a doctor said.

    Sources said that patients admitted in ICU can get fever from infectious and non-infectious causes. Pneumonia is one of the most common causes for fever among ICU patients. The CPM patriarch already had pneumonia when he was admitted to hospital on New Year’s Day. Though tests revealed that there was no further inflammation of pneumonia, but the problem persists.
     
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    http://www.ptinews.com/news/468671_Basu-put-on-haemo-dialysis--condition-worsens

    Basu put on haemo-dialysis, condition worsens

    STAFF WRITER 19:45 HRS IST

    Kolkata, Jan 14 (PTI) CPI-M patriarch Jyoti Basu was put on haemo-dialysis today after further deterioration in his cardiac and renal functions, doctors attending on him said.

    "The cardiovascular system has further deteriorated.

    His cardiac and renal functions have undergone further deterioration and he has been put on haemo-dialysis since 6.30 pm," a medical bulletin quoted D N Agarwal, executive director of AMRI Hospital, where Basu was admitted on January one with pneumonia, as saying.

    "After monitoring the haemo-dialysis for four hours to clear accumulated toxins in the blood, the doctors will be in a position to say whether he is able to accept it," he said.

    Haemo-dialysis is done to remove waste products from the blood by passing it out of the body, through a filtering system (dialyser), and returning it to the body.

    According to Agarwal, the 95-year-old leader's condition was very critical and his oxygen requirement has further increased on ventilator support.
     
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    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | ‘Extremely critical’, Basu on dialysis

    ‘Extremely critical’, Basu on dialysis

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    Calcutta, Jan. 14: Jyoti Basu’s condition turned “extremely critical” today, forcing doctors to put him on dialysis and augment the support system for his lungs, cardiovascular system and central nervous system.

    The doctors, who had been postponing dialysis for the past few days because of Basu’s age (95), decided to go ahead as he suffered a renal failure.

    The doctors had initially planned to continue the dialysis, which started around 6.30pm, for four hours but they later more or less halved the duration.

    “Given his age and present health condition, it was difficult for him to sustain the process for more than two hours. Tomorrow, we have plans for another two hours of dialysis,” a doctor said.

    Toxic products such as creatinine, urea and free water are sucked out from the blood through dialysis when the kidneys stop functioning.

    Although some of Basu’s vital parameters, like blood pressure and pulse rate, improved after the first round of dialysis, the doctors said the former chief minister continued to remain “extremely critical”. The doctors were to meet again late tonight to assess the situation.

    “He is having multi-organ dysfunction. Besides renal failure, his cardiac functioning has severely deteriorated. We have strengthened the support systems to keep his vital organs functioning but we need to monitor them at regular intervals,” said one of the doctors. “The functioning of his central nervous system had been impaired and three fresh bacterial infections have been detected in the tracheal suction tests,” he said.

    Till the completion of the first two hours of dialysis, Basu’s blood pressure fluctuated and despite increasing inotropes (pressure-stabilising drugs), the doctors found it difficult to keep the blood pressure steady.

    According to a doctor, the heart was not pumping enough blood into the system, which had a cascading effect on the central nervous system and the kidneys.

    Hospital sources said Basu’s condition started deteriorating since midnight as he started suffering from severe respiratory distress and his lung congestion intensified.

    “The kidneys and cardiac functions started deteriorating and he was running a very high temperature,” a doctor said.

    Around 1pm today, his condition deteriorated further as urine output went down significantly, indicating a renal failure. From 4.30pm to 6.30pm, there was no urine output and the blood pressure also fluctuated. Basu did not respond to any command as his drowsiness increased.

    Dialysis was the only option left. The doctors created a temporary access for dialysis through a vein in his neck through which blood was sucked into the dialysis machine.

    “The machine works like a kidney and after the purification process, the purified blood is returned to the body through the vein,” explained a doctor.

    Adding to the complication was the detection of Escherichia coli, commonly known as E. coli, which causes urinary tract infection. Fresh tests of the bronchial suction also revealed the presence of new strains of acinetobacter and pseudomonas bacteria.

    “However, these infections were found in the suction taken out through the endotracheal tube. But all other parameters, which indicate existence of infection in the system, were normal. It seems these bacteria are colonised in the tube and there are chances of these getting into his lungs,” explained one doctor.

    According to him, the tube was installed through Basu’s trachea nine days ago and so there was every possibility of bacterial infection.
     
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    He and CPM could have done much more for Bengal in the 32 years CPM has been in power, out of which jyoti basu was CM for 23 years.
     
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    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | ‘Rapid deterioration’ in Basu’s condition

    ‘Rapid deterioration’ in Basu’s condition

    OUR BUREAU

    Calcutta, Jan. 15: Jyoti Basu’s condition “deteriorated rapidly” late tonight after his renal system suffered “irreversible” damage during the day.

    Key members of his medical board rushed to AMRI Hospital, where Basu is admitted, close to midnight. Basu’s son Chandan also reached the hospital at night.

    Leaving the hospital around 12.40am, Chandan said: “I came because it was an emergency.” Asked whether he would return soon, Chandan said: “I may, if there is an emergency.”

    A medical bulletin issued in the evening said that Basu’s ventilator requirement — which means the need for artificial oxygen — had increased significantly and he remained on complete sedation.

    Basu is suffering from a condition in which the functioning of all major organs are affected by the malfunctioning of other organs, a doctor said. Apart from the failure of the lungs, kidneys, cardiovascular system and haemodynamic system (the flow of blood), his liver has been affected, he added.

    “Then there is significant fluid retention in his body, including the heart muscle, because of multi-organ failure,” the doctor added.

    As the fluid deposition was linked to kidney failure, the doctors tried two rounds of dialysis — for two hours yesterday as a test and three hours this afternoon — but the process didn’t improve the kidneys or his general health condition.

    Doctors said they could not administer some of the necessary drugs during dialysis, keeping in mind an earlier blood clot in Basu’s brain. “Although the clot doesn’t exist any more, his system can’t take some of the drugs usually given during dialysis,” said a doctor.

    Basu’s cardiac condition has severely worsened since the past two days and his heart is not pumping enough blood into the lungs.

    “He is suffering from what we call tricuspid regurgitation, a condition in which there is back-flow of blood from the right ventricle to the right atrium of the heart,” a doctor said.

    For a person with normal cardiac function, the right ventricle of the heart pumps blood into the pulmonary artery. The blood flows forward through the artery from the heart to the lungs and the tricuspid valve blocks back-flow into the atrium.

    “The tricuspid valve in his heart is not functioning. So adequate blood is not pumped into the lungs and some amount is flowing back into the right atrium. This condition is because of the stiffness of the left ventricular muscle, which is creating more pressure on the right one,” the doctor said.

    The stiffness in cardiac muscles has resulted in the left ventricle not receiving the required amount of blood from the lungs. “The blood not received by the heart is flowing into the liver and causing its dysfunction,” the doctor added.

    Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury visited the hospital.
     
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    http://www.ptinews.com/news/470875_CPI-M-veteran-leader-Jyoti-Basu--very-very-critical-

    CPI-M veteran leader Jyoti Basu 'very very critical'

    STAFF WRITER 10:35 HRS IST

    Kolkata, Jan 16 (PTI) The condition of CPI-M patriarch Jyoti Basu today remained 'very very critical' following multi-organ failure and doctors said he is entirely on life support system.

    "He is entirely on life support system ... He is on full ventilation," Debashsis Sharma, Superintendent of the AMRI Hospital in Salt Lake, where the 95-year-old former West Bengal chief minister is admitted, said.

    Basu's lung, kidney and haemo-dynamic system had failed yesterday and heart and liver functions had been affected.

    His pressure is now under control to an extent, Sharma said.

    The medical board is meeting at 10 am and a decision would be taken on whether he would be given fresh dialysis, he said.

    Basu's family members were called by the hospital late last night as his blood pressure sank suddenly. The blood pressure was stabilised to an extent after administering a new medicine.
     
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    http://www.ptinews.com/news/471367_Basu-as--great-son-of-India---PM

    Basu as 'great son of India': PM

    STAFF WRITER 17:16 HRS IST

    Kolkata, Jan 16 (PTI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today saluted ailing marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu as a 'great son of India' and wished him quick recovery.

    "Jyoti Basu is a great son of India. Our thoughts and prayers are with him," the Prime Minister said while addressing the valedictory function of the 150th anniversary celebrations of St. Xaviers College, here.

    "We all wish for his quick recovery," he said.

    The Prime Minister had visited the veteran CPI(M) leader in hospital on January seven and assured if any specialist was required from anywhere in the country for consultations on Basu, he would make arrangements for it.

    Following this, the medical board constituted at the private AMRI Hospital, where Basu is admitted, has been consulting specialists of AIIMS, New Delhi.
     
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    To be frank, his demise should not be a big loss to nation or west bengal, as he has not done anything significant for well being of west bengal. If anything he did, it is the total destruction of industry in WB and consequent downslide in the development of WB.
     

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