Basu returns home after discharged from hospital

Kolkata, July 19 : CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu was today discharged from a private hospital following improvement in his condition and he returned home."Basu is progressing well. The medical board constituted for his treatment met this morning and reviewed his condition and decided to discharge him today," a medical bulletin issued by AMRI Hospital at Salt Lake here.
“He slept well last night and has taken his food adequately. The sodium and potassium levels are within normal limits. Basu is slowly being mobilised out of bed”, said T.S. Kuckrejja, executive vice-president, AMRI, Salt Lake.

"The panel of doctors will continue to monitor his progress at his residence from time to time," he said.Basu would now be kept under watch by specialised doctors round the clock at his residence, sources said.The 96-year-old veteran Marxist leader was admitted to the hospital last Sunday after he fell unconscious at his Salt Lake residence.
On July 12, Basu became unconscious twice while brushing his teeth in the bathroom. The attending nurse, Madhabi Biswas, could not find his pulse or record his blood pressure and provided cardiac massage to revive him.

Jyoti Basu’s bedroom will be converted into a virtual intensive care unit with life-saving equipment to ensure the 95-year-old CPI(M) leader does not face a crisis like last Sunday’s when he twice fell unconscious.

“The medical board has suggested that before shifting Basu to his Salt Lake residence, we should arrange a medical set-up there,” a senior AMRI official told mediapersons.

The unit at Indira Bhavan will have a cardiac monitor, pulse oximeter, defibrillator, Ambu bag, oxygen cylinders and a suction machine as well as emergency drugs. Doctors and trained nurses will man the unit round the clock.

Madhabi Biswas will be part of the new unit following a request from Basu.

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Basu has conveyed to AMRI that the party would pay for the equipment.

“Bimanbabu wanted AMRI to facilitate the procurement of these equipment,” a hospital official said.

Sources said it would cost around Rs 5 lakh to set up the unit. According to them, standby equipment would be provided by tomorrow and these would be replaced once the new equipment are procured.

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