Assam’s former chief minister Tarun Gogoi critical, on life support

‘He is semi-conscious now. We had said last night that 48 hours were very critical for him. Twenty four hours have passed and there is no deterioration in his health condition. That is the most important thing’ GMCH superintendent said

The 86-year-old Gogoi was admitted to GMCH in Guwahati on November 2 due to post-COVID complications. File photo: PTI

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s health condition remains “critical”, and according to the superintendent of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the veteran Congress leader is currently “semi-consciuos”.

The 86-year-old Gogoi was admitted to GMCH in Guwahati on November 2 due to post-COVID complications. He had tested positive for the coronavirus on August 25.

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According to a report on NDTV, Gogoi has been put on life support.

Earlier, Abhijit Sarma, the superintendent of GMCH, told reporters that doctors have repeated all clinical tests and his vital health parameters have shown improvement compared to that of Saturday.

“He is semi-conscious now. We had said last night that 48 hours were very critical for him. Twenty four hours have passed and there is no deterioration in his health condition. That is the most important thing,” he stated.

Gogoi’s pulse rate and blood pressure are under check and his oxygen saturation level was 95-97%.

“The only worry is the urine output, which is around 100-120 ml in 24 hours,” he said, adding that doctors will soon decide on the next step to be taken to improve his kidney functioning.

The 84-year-old politician spontaneously opened his eyes and looked around in the morning, the GMCH superintendent said. “There was slight movement, which we call moto movement. This is a good sign. Technically speaking, although he is critical, he is stable haemodynamically,” he maintained.

A big team of doctors from various departments are attending to Gogoi.

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“We are constantly in touch with doctors from AIIMS. They are satisfied with the treatment protocol and we will continue with that,” he stated.

Gogoi’s health condition deteriorated on Saturday following multi-organ failure and he became unconscious with difficulty in breathing.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Gogoi has been put on invasive ventilation.

(With inputs from PTI)

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