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The Chief Minister Kiran’s visit to Puttaparthi Put Off, to avoid inconvenience

5th April 2011 :

Doctors treating Sri Sathya Sai Baba (85) on Monday said the state of spiritual guru had turned critical. “Vital systems are not adequately answered. His condition is critical,” said former AIIMS cardiologist Dr AN Safaya, among the physicians taking part.

“Sai Baba continues to support ventilator to assist his breathing and suction of secretions from the lungs,” said Dr. Safaya, who is director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthy. He said that Baba is in continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) to help kidney function. “The panel of doctors treating him is doing its best,” said Dr. Safaya.

Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Prashanti Gram Andra Pradesh Anantapur district’s March 28 after pneumonia and respiratory problems. A team of experts is constantly monitoring his health condition. Doctors had inserted a pacemaker because of the irregular beat of his heart.

Government-appointed Dr Ravi Raj earlier allayed fears of Sai Baba’s devotees from India and abroad and said that his health had improved and there is no direct threat to his life. His blood pressure is said to be normal count, but urea in the urine is high need for dialysis.

“We all believe that he will be fine,” said Arvind Sharma, a former student of Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Puttapurthy. “Ultimately, there are times in life Shirdi Sai Baba, when he left his body for a while and then returned,” said Sharma. Sathya Sai Baba has called himself the reincarnation of Shirdi Baba.

Dr Ravi Raj-led four-member team of experts is in Prashanti Gram to coordinate with doctors and hospital super-specialty treatment in Sai Baba’s chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and directions of the Governor ESL Narasimhan.

Andhra Pradesh and another minister J Geeta Reddy ardent believer is camping in the area and she told reporters on Sunday that Sai Baba condition was stable and called upon slaves to maintain peace and cooperate with Sai Seva Trust and the police. “Devotees should not gatecrash the hospital,” she said.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sathya-Sai-Baba-critical-stays-on-ventilator/articleshow/7870585.cms


Updates April 2011:
Sai Baba Health News in the media/


April 4: Government sources said that the use of the word “critical” for the first time in the hospital’s bulletin to describe Sri Satya Sai Baba’s health had agitated the devotees who smashed the windscreen of Anantapur district collector, Mr Janardhan Reddy’s car when he tried to enter the hospital late on Monday evening. Despite the medical bulletin, sources in the government maintained that Baba’s condition was stable and there was no need to worry.

“His condition is stable as it was two days back. He is showing signs of improvement,” the official said. After the medical update, the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, too inquired about the Baba’s health. Devotees, meanwhile, thronged the hospital and also Prashanti Nilayam, the Baba’s residence. Some wept uncontrollably while others were seen anxiously inquiring about his health.

Hotels, shops and other petty kiosks downed shutters and groups huddled in street corners as the police increased security and put up barricades at sensitive places. At the hospital, irate devotees demanded that they be allowed to see Satya Sai Baba. Protesters argued that they wanted the doctors to come out with the truth. The devotees also turned their ire on the media and asked newsmen to leave the hospital area and OB vans were forced to leave. They alleged that the media was unnecessarily playing up Baba’s illness and had made such claims in the past too forcing the hospital to issue daily bulletins.

“I am still confident that he will recover. I told him several times to take care of his health. He did not listen,” said Amma Sai Eramma, a Russian devotee of the Baba who has settled in Puttaparthi. Sri Satya Sai Baba is suffering from heart, kidney and respiratory problems and a team of specialists are treating him round the clock. The Chief Minister has also deputed a team of doctors, led by Dr Ravi Raj, director of medical education, to monitor the Baba’s condition and report to the government.

The medical bulletin issued by the hospital at 10.30 am on Monday had stated that the Baba continued to show improvement. “He is still on assisted ventilation and on kidney support through CRRT, which is a process of slow dialysis. All other clinical parameters are nearly normal.”

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/baba-ventilator-kidney-support- 924

Updates April 2011:
Sai Baba Health News in the media/


April 3: An eerie silence prevails over Puttaparthi, the ashram of Bhagwan Satya Sai Baba, who was admitted to the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences Super Specialty Hospital on March 28 for heart and other ailments.

A pacemaker was implanted and he was put on dialysis on Sunday as his urea levels increased drastically while his urine volume reduced.

Devotees will miss the Baba’s famed Ugadi (Telugu New Year’s day) darshan and blessings. They have been enquiring about the Baba’s health but the hospital authorities have barred the entry of visitors fearing spread of infection.

Docs says Sai Baba condition is stable

A medical bulletin pasted on the wall gives an update of the Satya Sai Baba’s progress. His condition is said to be stable and his vital parameters are satisfactory. Dr A.N. Safaya, director of the hospital told this newspaper on Sunday that the Baba is on ventilator support for assisting respiration. “He has undergone one dialysis to assist his kidney function. Overall, his condition is satisfactory,” the doctor said.

He said the team of doctors attending on Sai Baba is satisfied with his response to the treatment. “Constant watch is kept on his health condition by the medical team.” On the instructions of the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, and the health minister, Dr D.L. Ravindra Reddy, a high-level team of specialty doctors arrived in Puttaparthi to monitor the progress and provide advice to doctors attending on Baba.

The team is led by Dr Ravi Raj, director of medical education, and includes Dr Shyam Sundar and Dr Nitin Kabra. Dr Raj said Sai Baba was admitted to hospital as he developed a slowing heart rate. The heart beat was below 60. A permanent pacemaker has been implanted and an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is also being used. “If we don’t see marked improvement even after dialysis, we will shift to CRRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy),” Dr Ravi Raj said.

CRRT is a mode of renal replacement therapy for hemodynamically unstable, fluid overloaded patients and patients with sepsis and septic shock in management of acute renal failure especially in the intensive care unit setting. The minister for major industries, Dr Geetha Reddy, an ardent devotee of Baba, is camping here since three days. “Baba’s health condition is satisfactory. The doctors have reviewed his health condition with hospital doctors,” she said.

However, Baba’s confidantes are angry at the exaggerated reports of his health condition reported on some TV channels. To counter them, Baba’s local channel Sai Darshan is appealing to devotees not to worry about his health and not to believe TV channels reports.


source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/doctors-put-sai-baba-dialysis -715





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