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Activist checks into hospital,docs keep an eye on his health

After a marathon 12-day fast on the Lokpal issue,activist Anna Hazare was admitted to the Medanta Medicity hospital Sunday,where his condition is reported to be stable and under observation.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon |
August 29, 2011 2:32:30 am

After a marathon 12-day fast on the Lokpal issue,activist Anna Hazare was admitted to the Medanta Medicity hospital Sunday,where his condition is reported to be stable and under observation.

“He is resting. His blood pressure is 120/70 and pulse rate is 94. We are closely monitoring his condition because he has lost 7.5 kgs in a very short interval of time and in his age,” Dr Naresh Trehan,chairperson and managing director of the hospital,said a short while after Hazare was admitted.

He further added that there is no need to worry as all vital organs are settled. “We have put him on liquid diet for at least 48 hours that includes coconut water and honey,” Trehan,who kept a round-the-clock vigil on Hazare along with his team of doctors during his 288-hour fast at the Maidan,said.

“We will also conduct tests of his kidneys,liver and other vital organs to check for any damage,” Trehan said,adding Hazare will be discharged only after his condition is fit,” he added.

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The doctors have started his liquid diet. After this,they will slowly move towards semi-liquid diet and solid diet thereafter.

However,it was complete chaos right from the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway to the hospital and as thousands of people came out on the streets to get a glimpse of the 74-year-old activist.

Many others gate crashed into the hospital premises delaying his admission.

After breaking his fast around 10.40 am at Ramlila Maidan before thousands of people,Anna was taken to Medanta and reached the Expressway around 11.15. The Delhi to Gurgaon side was completely blocked by the DSC Limited after word spread that he would arrive,leading to long queues of vehicles at the toll gates.

One lane was kept open for Anna,his supporters’ cars and media crew. A group of around 60-70 supporters tried to block the expressway at the toll to see him but that was quickly overcome by authorities who dispersed them.

On his way from the toll gates to the hospital,his car had to be stopped four times at the expressway as people —old,young,men and women —blocked the expressway to catch a glimpse of Anna.

From Rajiv Chowk,it took more than half an hour for his car to reach the hospital. Thousands of supporters had gathered around the hospital and some of them even urged the weary looking activist to step out of the car so that they could touch his feet.

The crowds gate crashed into the hospital and more than 15 minutes were wasted as Anna could not come out of his car.

The crowd even shouted slogans inside the reception area,causing inconvenience to other patients. Even the patients and their family members were seen jostling for space to catch a glimpse of Anna. However,he came out of the car and walked straight to the lift along with doctors and Arvind Kejriwal and was admitted to the hospital.

The police,who were totally outnumbered and unprepared for this situation,said,“We had not expected such a large gathering to come up. But,we have managed to bring things under control.”

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