Kolkata: Ailing Marxist leader Jyoti Basu
had a second blood transfusion on Wednesday and is responding to
treatment though he is still critical and on ventilation in
"He is responding to treatment and medicines," Dr TS
Kuckrejja, executive vice-president of AMRI hospital, where
95-year-old Basu was admitted on January 1 because of
pneumonia, told reporters.
"His general condition still remains critical. He
received a second unit of blood today. He continues to be on
partial ventilation support," a medical bulletin issued by the
hospital said in the evening.
Basu was given a unit of blood yesterday to raise his
haemoglobin level, which had decreased to eight. It had risen
to nine after yesterday`s blood transfusion.
The CPI-M patriarch was given blood pressure
stabilising drug, Ionotropes.
The medical board was constantly monitoring Basu`s
condition and would review it again at 11.00 am tomorrow.
"The markers of infection have marginally come down,"
D N Agarawal, executive director of the hospital said.