Chennai, Aug 7: The condition of union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, admitted to the Global Hospital here, continues to be critical, an official said, adding his family members have declined permission to issue a medical bulletin about his status.
Told that Deshmukh is not just an individual but also a union minister, the official said the hospital is helpless as the family has not given the nod.
Earlier a senior hospital official had said that a statement about the health condition of Deshmukh would be issued in the afternoon.
With no such official communication forthcoming from the hospital and the family, speculation was rife about Deshmukh’s condition. “He is alive. Many of the media reports are speculative in nature,” the official said.
Hospital officials refused to confirm or deny the reports that Deshmukh is on ventilator/life support systems.
Officials at Global Hospital said that Deshmukh is in the intensive care unit (ICU) for serious liver ailment. “The ward is out of bounds except for doctors and para medical staff,” he said. Queried about whether a liver transplant is being looked at, the official said: “As far as the information with me, the attending doctors are not planning any transplant for two days.”
He said the health parameters of Deshmukh has to be stabilised first before any transplant operation is considered.
Liver specialist Mohammed Rela is attending to the former Maharashtra chief minister.
Deshmukh’s family members are with him. (IANS)