Actor Suchitra Sen’s condition deteriorated on Friday morning, forcing doctors to put her on non-invasive ventilation. The reclusive star who has shunned public life since 1978 suffered a severe bout of breathlessness.
This was the third such episode since Sunday that has got doctors worried. The medical team that has been formed for her treatment decided to put her on non-invasive ventilation after consultation with specialists from outside the Belle Vue Clinic, where Sen has been under treatment since December 24. She was admitted with a lung infection that is yet to be cured.
“The ventilation is a step backward, but she is stable. At her age, such episodes of breathlessness can’t be ruled out till the lung infection goes. But we are hopeful that she will recover for her general health parameters are fine. We are monitoring her cardiac condition and there is nothing to be alarmed so far,” said Subrata Maitra, who leads the medical team.
In non-invasive ventilation, an oxygen mask is used instead of a pipe, allowing the patient to feed through the mouth. It can also be used intermittently, said Maitra.
“She had a severe respiratory problem this morning. It had happened on Wednesday night and recurred which is unfortunate. So, after consulting with her daughter Moon Moon Sen, we decided to put her on non-invasive ventilator. This is a step backward in her path of recovery, but the situation is still under control. We hope to be able to cure the lung infection,” said Maitra.
He added that Sen has a lung congestion which has not cleared despite antibiotics. “We would have been happier had the medicines worked better. But the ventilation should help to keep away the breathing trouble and help her recover,” said Maitra.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee made a visit to the hospital to know about Sen’s condition from the hospital authorities. Later, the CM said that she didn’t make any attempt to meet the actor respecting her privacy.