Pranab Mukherjee, India’s 84-year-old former president, who was in a critical condition at a hospital in New Delhi after being infected with COVID-19, further deteriorated on Wednesday.
According to his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee tweeted “Last year 8 August was 1 of d happiest day 4 me as my dad received Bharat Ratna. Exactly a year later on 10Aug he fell critically ill. May God do whatever is best 4 him & give me strength 2 accept both joys & sorrows of life with equanimity. I sincerely thank all 4 their concerns.”
Pranab had brain surgery and is now on ventilator support in an Army hospital in New Delhi, Indian media reported.
Doctors at the hospital said since the operation the ex-president showed no signs of improvement and his condition further deteriorated on Wednesday and remained in a critical state on life support. The former President underwent lifesaving emergency surgery for brain clot on 10 August.
Mukherjee, who was the India’s president between 2012 and 2017, tweeted earlier that he was COVID-19 positive.
Last year, the former President was honoured with the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India.
Known for his oratory and as a scholar, Pranab Mukherjee is a close friend of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for decades.
He has said to have intervened several times on different issues to strengthen Bangladesh-India ties.
His health condition is being closely followed in Bangladesh, which according to international affairs analysts is not having the traditional best of friendship with New Delhi. Many mentioned the necessary of Pranab Mukherjee to help overcome the unwanted state of affairs.