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Docs want Hazare on drip,but he says no

Doctors recommended that Anna Hazare should be taken to hospital.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
August 24, 2011 2:47:25 am

As his fast entered the eighth day today,doctors recommended that Anna Hazare should be taken to hospital or be administered intravenous (IV) drip at the Ramlila Maidan itself. But Hazare refused medication,and warned the government against any attempt to hospitalise him forcibly.

At around 8.30 pm,Dr Naresh Trehan,who heads the medical team looking after Hazare,appeared on stage with his health bulletin. “The entire team has examined Anna Hazare. His blood tests show there are complications. We told him that he needs hospitalisation. But he refused,saying he wants to be here with the people. We then told him that we would put him on saline intravenous drip here itself,” he said.

This was followed by a statement from India Against Corruption that Hazare had been put on IV drip. But Hazare’s aide,Manish Sisodia,announced that the report was wrong. “Anna has put the decision on whether to take IV on hold. He needs to talk to his team before taking any such decision,” he said. An IV drip has been kept ready for use.

At around 9:15 pm,Hazare himself came on stage and announced that he had decided against taking “any medicines.”

“Meri antar atma ne kaha ki is waqt koi bhi IV dawai lena galat hoga. Ek taraf main kehta hun ki main samaj ke liye jiyunga ya marunga,aur doosri taraf maut se dar? Yeh galat hoga (My conscience says that it would be wrong to accept an IV drip. My refrain is that I will die for my community… so why should I be afraid of death),” said Hazare.

Addressing the gathering,he said: “Agar mujhe koi yahan se uthane aye,to gate ke saamne khade ho jana. Kisiko andar mat aane dena. Par is andolan mein jo bhi karen,ahinsa ke saath kariyega (If anyone tries to take me away from here forcibly,don’t allow them to enter… but don’t resort to non-violence).”

When questioned about his failing health,Hazare said: “Agar meri ek kidney fail bhi ho jati hai,to yahan ke mere dost mujhe apni kidney de denge (If one of my kidney fails,one of my friends here will give me their kidney).”

While his blood pressure was more or less stable at 125/90,dip stick test reports of his blood and urine samples showed that ketone body levels shot up from 30 Mgdl to 70 Mgdl on Tuesday. The rise in ketone bodies could affect his kidney and liver. Doctors said the protein levels in his blood were also low.

“Since the body is not getting carbohydrates,it is breaking up fatty acids and proteins to get energy. There was a rise in two types of ketone bodies in the blood test report,” said a source.

“Blood tests also show that his plasma bicarbonate balance showed the first signs of disturbance,” said a senior doctor.

But Dr Trehan only said that “complications had been seen in his test reports”.

Hazare has lost 5.6 kg since he began his fast. Doctors said his electrolyte balance could deteriorate further in the next few days. “An imbalance in salt levels could affect his vital organs,” said a doctor from his medical team.

Dr R R Kasliwal,a senior doctor in the team,said Hazare’s eyes have also started drying up due to the heat,so eye drops have to be adminisered every hour.

Doctors said Hazare’s condition was being monitored by the hour. “He has categorically said no to any sort of liquids apart from water. If he goes on like this,he will obviously need hospitalisation,provided he agrees to it,” said a senior doctor from Hazare’s medical team.

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