Kolkata: The condition of 95-year-old CPI(M)
patriarch Jyoti Basu, who has suffered multi-organ failure,
turned "extremely critical" Saturday night after his blood pressure
began dropping when he was on dialysis.
"The Slow Low Efficiency Daily Dialysis (SLEDD) on Basu
which was to continue for eight hours, was stopped after seven
and a half hours as his blood pressure began dropping. His
condition is extremely critical," Dr Ajit Kumar Maity, Basu`s
personal physician and a member of the medical board at AMRI
hospital where the CPI(M) leader is admitted, said.
Since he has suffered multi-organ failure, the effect of
the dialysis is not being sustained, he said.
"Basu will undergo SLEDD for eight hours again tomorrow.
He will undergo it every day as long as he is able to tolerate
it," Maity said.
When a patient is unable to withstand normal dialysis,
SLEDD is resorted to.
The evening bulletin of the hospital said: "He is in a
state of multi-organ failure. His condition is extremely
Hospital Executive Director D N Agarwal earlier said that
Basu was on full ventilatory support and there was also a
further drop in his urine output.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, senior party leaders Prakash
Karat and Brinda Karat, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath
Chatterjee, former chief minister Siddharta Sankar Ray visited
the hospital during the day.
Basu was admitted to AMRI Hospital with pneumonia on
January 1 and put on a ventilator on January 6.