Jyoti Basu showing signs of multi-organ failure: Doctors

KOLKATA, 15 January, 2010: Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu's condition deteriorated further on Friday and doctors attending to him said he was showing signs of multi-organ failure.

"Basu is showing signs of multi-organ failure. His lung is not functioning properly and he has been put on ventilator support. His cardiac and renal systems are also not working enough," Susrut Bannerjee, a doctor attending to Basu, told reporters.

"His blood pressure is being maintained through medicine and the dialysis is still on. The heart's pumping is also not adequate," Bannerjee, critical care specialist at the AMRI Hospital, said. "His health condition has further deteriorated today (Friday)," he said, adding the doctors will continue to conduct dialysis on him.

The 95-year-old Communist icon was hospitalised after a pneumonia attack and admitted in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) of the Salt Lake-based private hospital January 1.

Born 1914 in Kolkata, Basu became chief minister of West Bengal in June 1977. He stepped down voluntarily on health grounds in November 2000.

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