Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee’s health is gradually improving and the octogenarian speaks a few words, opens his eyes and responds to verbal commands, medics said on Sunday. The thespian’s oxygen saturation has been constant, its organs are functioning normally, and all other parameters are fine, they said.
“Mr. Chatterjee is doing well and gradually improving. But we have ways to achieve her full recovery and her return home. He has no corona-related lung problems. We have reduced the need for oxygen as it still holds its saturation which is over 96% to 99%, ”said Dr Arindam Kar, leading the team of doctors to treat the veteran actor at the medical establishment.
Chatterjee’s sleepiness is their only concern at the moment, according to the doctor. “The only problem we face is his conscience. He is currently sleepy but completely excited. He responds to verbal commands. He tries to recognize the people, the intention of the speech, but he only says a few words. We are also concerned about his age and the co-morbidities he suffers from, ”said Dr Kar.
The daughter of veteran actor Poulomi Basu said, “Baba (father) is improving and his vital signs are fine. But we are told that doctors are working on its neurological side which needs to be improved.
Chatterjee is still forced to listen to the music of his choice and on Saturday night he contacted his daughter when she visited him in the hospital, the doctor said. The actor has not developed any new complications and does not have a fever, he added.
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“We are reasonably sure that he will recover from this fatal disease and within the next four to five days he will be in a much better condition,” added the doctor.
The critically-acclaimed actor, who has the rare distinction of working with maestros like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha and Tarun Mazumdar, was admitted to hospital here on October 6 after testing positive for Covid-19. He had to be transferred to ITU after his condition deteriorated. Chatterjee tested negative for Covid-19 on Wednesday, after which he was transferred to a non-Covid ITU for treatment.
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