Tripti Nath in New Delhi
Pranab Mukherjee, India’s 84-year-old former president, who was operated for a blood clot in his brain was “stable” on late Wednesday amid hopes that he will “bounce back.”
Bangladesh is monitoring his status with the media highlighting his health news since Mukherjee tweeted about being infected with COVID-19.
He had a life-saving brain surgery and is now in a “critical condition” with 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.
His son Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted late Wednesday “With A;; Your Prayers, My Father haemodynamically stable now. I request everyone to continue with your prayers and good wishes for his speedy recovery. Thank You.”
But, his personal physician during the presidency Dr Mohseen Wali told newsnextbd.com that he felt the elderly politician would “bounce back.”
“His condition is worrying, but I am optimistic that the fit octogenarian will bounce back,” he said.
Recalling his days in Rashtrapati Bhawan as the full time Physician to the former president between 2012 and 2017, Dr Wali said, “I found that he was a very healthy person. His body clock was so accurately settled. And come what may- fall of the government or anything happening in the country- he remained cool and unfazed.”
“He showed remarkable patience when we lost the First Lady … He was of course shaken but his medical parameters remained unchanged and his coronary arteries were the best that I have seen in fifty years of clinical practice,” the doctor told this correspondent.
Asked if he has contacted Mukherjee’s family, Dr Wali said, “I do not want to disturb them. They are aware of my concern for him. I wish him a long life.”
His daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee in 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.”
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 is said to have intervened several times on different issues to strengthen Bangladesh-India ties.
In 2013, Bangladesh had honoured Mukherjee with Bangladesh Muktijuddho Sanmanona for his contribution to the 1971 Liberation War as a “foreign friend.”