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Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was admitted to this Hospital (Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram) on
March 28, 2011 with the complaint of slowing down of heart and
intermittent cardiac block. He was immediately rushed to the Cardiac
Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab) of this Hospital along with the
doctors and was given a pacemaker; an angiography study of the heart
was also done.
After the procedures were completed, He was admitted into the ICU
and was watched carefully by a panel of doctors of this Hospital.
Later in the day, He started developing slightly lower blood
pressure which was persisting to remain low. In order to bring up
the blood pressure, an Intra Aortic Balloon (IABP) was fitted up
into Him in the Cath Lab again where He was shifted to. In the Cath
Lab, Swami tolerated the balloon very well, the blood pressure and
His cardiac condition improved remarkably. He was taken back to the
intensive care after this and closely watched by the panel of
By this time, the Hospital’s panel of doctors wanted some help from
outside and specialists from Bangalore were flown in to help and
guide them. So this continued, and soon the intra aortic balloon was
removed. Swami was progressing well but His basic muscular weakness
and lack of effort on His part to throw out the sputum led us to the
only way of putting the tube into His wind pipe so that through that
tube we could suck the secretions which accumulate in the lungs. If
we allow these secretions to accumulate in the lungs, chances of
infection and pneumonia in the lungs develop rapidly which adversely
affect the life of the patient. In order to avoid that He was
intubated and connected to a ventilator to give rest to the lungs.
As the procedure was going on, we discovered that gradually the
urine output was also going down giving an indication that the
kidneys are also gradually not so effective as they should be,
therefore it was necessary to assist the kidneys. Otherwise the
toxins in the blood could not be removed; it is the job of the
kidneys to remove these toxins - the nitrogen products of metabolism
from the body. Therefore dialysis was contemplated and done. After
this, it was felt that this dialysis is needed for a longer period
because kidneys did not show immediate response. As a result, we
started a process of dialysis which is now put into practice by most
of the advanced centres of intensive care and is known as CRRT.
This machine does a very slow dialysis continuously for longer time.
So in that way it differs from the hemodialysis which Swami has
undergone earlier. In order to let the kidneys revive completely it
was necessary to put on this device on which He was functioning till
today morning when again hemodialysis was done because it was felt
that the toxins were not being completely removed by this slow
dialysis process. We did a hemodialysis with intervention of certain
filters and discs through which the blood was passing through and
the result was that the toxins were removed quite a bit and these
discs also have impregnated antibiotics which are specific for the
type of infections that such patients develop, and this type of
dialysis showed quite good results in the sense that the lung
infection cleared quite a bit and His conscious level improved.
In the morning today, He was quite responsive to outside stimuli.
Because of the tube in the mouth and tubes around He could not talk
of course but He was nodding His head, responding to our queries. So
this was a very good development and the doctors felt encouraged.
That is the condition now; He is currently in pretty stable
condition, with stable blood pressure, stable respiration rate,
blood-gas analysis - the status of oxygenation of the body is also
very good and maintained, and the level of electrolytes - sodium,
potassium, etc. is also fairly well. Therefore we have hope that the
crises will be tided over. Although I would say that Swami still
continues to be in a critical state of health.
So the efforts of the doctors are going on and shall go on and He is
being constantly - every second - being watched and monitored by the
doctors and the machines. There is no question of any let down in
A team of senior and reputed doctors from this Hospital is working
on Him. It consists of:
1) Dr. P. K. Dash
2) Dr. R. Iyer
3) Dr. Neelam Desai
They are assisted by Dr. Prakash Nair, Dr. Shinde and Dr. Rita.
Dr. Krishna Das and his team consisting of Dr. Rajan Anand, Dr.
Patnaik and Dr. Ranga are doing a wonderful round the clock job of
watching over the conditions of Swami in the intensive care unit.
The other doctor involved is Dr. K. S. R. K. Prasad from the
Department of Ophthalmology.
Besides this, a large of number of about 14 to 15 doctors from
outside have been consulted, who have been either flown-in or have
come by car to this place. I would like to particularly mention the
1) Dr. P. Venugopal, the former Director of AIIMS, New Delhi and a
famous cardio-thorasic surgeon of the country
2) Dr. Ashok Seth, a famous cardiologist of the country from Fortis
Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi
3) Dr. Sandeep Dewan also from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New
Delhi, who is very well known intensive care specialist
4) Dr. Amit Verma again from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New
5) Dr. Subash Chandra from the Department of Cardiology, Manipal
6) Dr. Uday Muthani, Nephrologist in the Parkinsons Foundation,
7) Dr. Ravi Mehta, Intensivist of the Fortis Hospital, Bangalore
8) Dr. Arun, Nephrologist, Vaidehi Institute of Higher Medical
Sciences & Mallya Hospital, Bangalore
9) Dr. Kishore Babu, Nephrologist of Vaidehi Institute of Higher
Medical Sciences & Mallya Hospital, Bangalore
10) Dr. Mudgil, Gastroenterologist from UK
11) Dr. Narendra Reddy, Endocrinologist from California, USA
This is the panel of doctors from outside who are being consulted by
our native doctors team who are working round the clock - every
minute and every second - for the love of Swami.
At this point I should mention that we are grateful to the
Government of Andhra Pradesh for sending a team of doctors – four
specialists headed by the Director of Medical Education, Government
of Andhra Pradesh, to look into the treatment of Swami and suggest
any improvements which they think could be incorporated in the
overall treatment. In fact, it was Dr. Ravi Raju, the Director of
Medical Education who suggested that it is better to put Swami on
the CRRT and that suggestion was immediately incorporated in the
process of the treatment of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
We are also grateful to them to keep a Liaison Officer over here,
Dr. Ashok Kumar who is collaborating with our doctors and
transmitting information, minute-to-minute, event-to-event, to the
Director of Medical Education and receiving valuable guidance from
him which our doctors are looking into; this is very helpful. This
is very welcome gesture on their part.
While all this is going on, Swami’s illness is a great shock to His
devotees and to the doctors of this Institute who are also His
devotees plus professionals. The sole reason for not allowing
everybody to come into the Hospital is to keep the environmental
hygiene of the Hospital perfectly under control. Particularly in the
ICU nobody is permitted where the treatment of Bhagawan is being
done because the purpose is very sacred, that is, not to increase
the medical complications because of infection. We would be very
grateful if the public and devotees understand this and not try to
pressurize us or trespass into the premises of the Hospital.
In this case I may mention that even the very important persons
coming here so as to enquire about the health of Bhagawan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba cannot enter the nearest area of the Intensive Care Unit
where Bhagawan is undergoing treatment. We make it possible for them
to meet the doctors concerned or the head of the team or myself and
they leave the hospital quietly after we have briefed them. This is
important from the point of view of infection which can destroy any
good work done by the doctors. We all feel proud along with my
doctors team to be able to serve Bhagawan in this hour of His
Prof. G.V.: Do you feel Swami is in a better condition now than when
He came to the Hospital?
Dr. A.N.S: Yes, I feel so.
Prof. G.V.: I positively look forward to seeing Him back to normal
not in distant future…
Dr. A.N.S: His response since morning is very encouraging and I feel
that this would definitely happen.
Prof. G.V.: Thank you.