Jyoti Basu critical

Veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Jyoti Basu, hospitalised with a pneumonia attack, was in critical condition Wednesday, a medical bulletin said.

“Basu is critical. He was put on ventilator support early (Wednesday) morning as he was having respiratory problems,” said the bulletin from AMRI Hospital, where a six-member medical board is treating the ailing leader.

“His condition is being monitored. All supporting medicines are being provided,” the bulletin added.

The private hospital’s Medical Superintendent Debasish Sharma told IANS: “His condition is serious.”

Basu, 95, was hospitalised last week after a pneumonia attack and admitted to the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit of the hospital in Salt Lake, the Kolkata suburb where he lives.

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