Kolkata, July 30 (UNI) Veteran Marxist leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister

Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, now under full ventillator support in a private hospital here following respiratory distress, was stable, a medical bulletin said on Sunday.

Bhattacharjee was rushed to the Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital on Saturday with a lower respiratory tract infection and type II respiratory failure. He was initially put under non-intensive ventilation but shifted to full ventilation support late in the night due to altered sensorium and breathing problems.

"He is hemodynamically stable," the bulletin said.

A CT scan of the thorax is planned for the day.

Seventy-nine-year-old Bhattacharjee, a patient of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - a lung disease causing restricted airflow and breathing difficulties - is being treated with antibiotics. According to CPI-M sources, the former chief minister was suffering from persistent fever and breathing problems over the past few days.

According to a medic, his oxygen saturation level improved slightly on Sunday morning, though he continued to be on critical.

A multidisciplinary medical team comprising Dr Kaushik Chakraborty ( Medicine), Dr Soutik Panda (Critical Care), Dr Susmita Debnath (Critical Care), Dr Saroj Mandal ( Interventional Cardiology), Dr Ankan Bandopadhyay (Internal Medicine and Pulmonology), Dr Dhruba Bhattacharya ( Internal Medicine and Critical Care), Dr Asis Patra ( Anesthesiology), Dr Somnath Maity and Dr Saptarshi Basu (Physician and Medical Superintendent, Woodlands) is closely monitoring his progress.

Meanwhile, scores of political leaders and social workers have sent their good wishes for the senior CPI-M leader, who served as the state chief minister From November 2000 to May, 2011.

Incumbent chief minister Mamata Banerjee enquired about Bhattacharjee's health over telephone,

sources said.

Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal assembly Suvendu Adhikari and BJP state president Sukanta Mazumder wished the ailing Marxist leader early recovery.


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