Vilasrao Desmukh’s condition is critical and he is being closely monitored by doctors. The Union Science and Technology Minister is admitted to the Global Hospital in Chennai with a liver ailment, hospital sources said on Tuesday.
A Mumbai doc, on condition of anonymity said that Vilasrao’s liver ailment was detected over a year ago during a routine check-up. It seems like the former Maharasthra CM will need to undergo a liver transplant. “Our information is that Deshmukh had gone abroad for check-up on two to three occasions and there had been a marked improvement in his condition,” the doctor said.
A week ago, Deshmukh was admitted to the Breach Candy hospital. It was found that he was suffering from cirrhosis of liver and also that both his kidneys were completely non-functional. “At Breach Candy, he was on dialysis for three days. There was no improvement in his condition and ultimately he was put on life support system,” the Mumbai doctor said.
On Monday, as his condition deteriorated , Deshmukh was shifted to Chennai in an air-ambulance. “We are planning a liver transplant after stabilizing his vital parameters,” the doctor attending to him at Chennia’s Global Hospital said. The 67-year-old former Maharashtra chief minister was flown to Chennai for treatment under the care of noted liver transplant surgeon Dr Mohammed Rela. “He is now on a ventilator. His kidneys are failing. We are evaluating him to see if he is fit enough for a transplant,” said a doctor requesting anonymity.
Apparently, his son, actor Riteish Deshmukh has expressed willingness to donate a part of his liver to his ailing father. For this, doctors will have to certify that the tissues match. According to transplant rules, the surgery will have to be cleared by an authorization committee headed by the Tamil Nadu director of medical education. “We have not ruled out a cadaver transplant either. We will put him on the wait-list. But that is only after he stabilises,” said another doctor.