Pranab Mukherjee in 'septic shock after lung infection'; health declines
There has been a decline in the health of former President Pranab Mukherjee (84), the Delhi hospital where he is undergoing treatment said in a statement on Monday. The former President was admitted to the hospital earlier this month for brain surgery and he has been in a coma ever since. His son said on Monday that Mukherjee's "vital parameters are stable."
The Army's Research and Referral Hospital said in a statement on Monday, "There is a decline in the medical condition of Pranab Mukherjee since yesterday. He is in septic shock due to his lung infection and is being managed by a team of specialists." The statement added, "He continues to be in a deep coma and on ventilator support."
Mukherjee's son, Abhijit, tweeted on Monday saying that although the former President is "critical" his vitals are "stable." The tweet said, "He is a fighter, and with all your good wishes and prayers, he will surely recover!"
I urge all my friends here to pray for the recovery of My father #PranabMukherjee . He is a fighter with all your good wishes prayers , He will surely recover !— Abhijit Mukherjee (@ABHIJIT_LS) August 31, 2020
At the moment he is critical but all his vital parameters are stable !
Mukherjee was admitted to the hospital on August 10 for the removal of a clot in his brain the same day. At the hospital, he was tested positive for COVID-19, which Mukherjee revealed in a tweet himself. He later developed a lung infection and renal dysfunction. The hospital that his "renal parameters are slightly deranged." He had been on ventilator support.
Since Mukherjee slipped into a coma, wishes for his recovery have poured in from across the country. Earlier this month, a 72-hour 'yagna' was performed in Mukherjee's ancestral village in West Bengal's Birbhum to pray for his speedy recovery. Mukherjee was the 13th President of India, serving from 2012 to 2017. He is also the recipient of India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna.