Chennai, Aug. 7 -- A critically ill Union science and technology minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was rushed to a Chennai-based super specialty hospital and admitted there late on Monday evening.
He was brought to Chennai from Mumbai in an air ambulance on Monday evening from Mumbai.
Deshmukh was undergoing treatment at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai, where he was admitted a week ago. He was suffering from cirrhosis of liver and his two kidneys dysfunctional.
When his condition deteriorated further, he was put on life support systems and it was then decided to shift him to Chennai in an air ambulance, sources said.
In Chennai, doctors at Global Health City, hoped to carry out liver transplant once his condition stabilized. At present he is on ventilator.
It was around 6pm on Monday when the ambulance jet landed in Chennai from Mumbai.
It took some time for Dekhmukho be shifted to an ambulance and driven to hospital at Tambaram, closer to city airport.
His wife Vaishali and two of his sons including actor Ritesh Deshmukh accompanied him on the air ambulance from Mumbai, airport sources said.
Global Hospital sources confirmed that the union minister was admitted for liver ailment.
World renowned liver transplant expert, Dr Mohammed Rela of the Kings Hospital, London, is also the head of the Global's Centre for Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary and Liver Transplantation.
It is under his care that the former Maharashtra chief minister would be getting treatment.
But, so far, neither the Global Health City nor the government have requested for a liver on his behalf, sources at the TN Organ Sharing Network maintain.
Once a request is made, finding a cadaver matching his blood type would be a difficult task, the sources said.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.