August 4, 2015 2:27:23 am
On Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his speech by thanking Isak Chisi Swu, and wishing that the Naga leader were present at the signing of the accord. “He could not be here because of poor health,” Modi said. “I wish him speedy recovery. Just as his contribution to this agreement has been huge, his guidance will remain crucial in the times ahead.”
About 10 km away, Swu, the 85-year-old founder member of the NSCN (IM), lay in the ICU of Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj, on ventilator support with multiorgan failure and septecaemia. He has advanced stage Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) with recurrent urinary tract infection, and must undergo dialysis. He also has problems in his liver, lungs, kidneys and pancreas, according to sources.
As the signing of the historic Naga peace accord was announced on Monday, though, sources said there was an small improvement in Swu’s condition. Even though he continued to remain in the ICU, the Naga leader’s renal function was better than last week, and the infection had improved, the sources said.
Swu, who has had diabetes for the last 25 years, was brought to the hospital on July 5 with complaints of general weakness and intermittent fever. He had a urinary tract infection with suppressed platelets and white blood cells, the sources said. A bone marrow biopsy found lesions that were not cancerous, but possibly the result of an advanced and aggressive tuberculosis known as miliary tuberculosis.
On July 16, the sources said, problems were observed in his liver enzymes, and an infection in his chest was found to be pneumonia.
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