Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and former India men’s cricket captain Sourav Ganguly returned home on Thursday after five days in a hospital in south Kolkata, where he underwent an angioplasty to clear a blocked coronary artery.
The 48-year-old cricket icon has been declared stable and clinically fit by doctors, but he will have to undergo another angioplasty, likely after two weeks.
“We come to hospitals to save our lives. That has proven true. I thank the Woodlands Hospital and all the doctors for the excellent care. I am absolutely fine. Hope I will be ready to fly soon,” Ganguly said while leaving the hospital, accompanied by his wife Dona and escorted by police. Hundreds of fans waited outside the hospital as well as his residence.
Ganguly underwent an angioplasty on his right coronary artery after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. He will be on oral medications and will be monitored by doctors and nurses at his home at the moment.
The BCCI chief, who was diagnosed with three blocked coronary arteries after which a stent was inserted in one to remove the blockage, needs to undergo “another angioplasty for which he has to return to the hospital after two weeks or a time when he feels comfortable”, said a senior doctor at Woodlands Hospital.
“Treating doctors will be keeping a constant vigil on his health situation and taking appropriate measures from time to time at home,” read a Woodlands Hospital medical bulletin. “Report of routine blood tests are satisfactory. Echocardiography shows preserved left ventricular function with ejection fraction of 56%. ECG is normal.”
Ganguly was set to be discharged on Wednesday. His fans had gathered outside the hospital, holding placards that read “Love U Dada” and “Dada is back”. But the former cricketer wanted to stay in the hospital for an extra day.
Noted cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty, who was part of the team of doctors that attended to the former skipper, said on Tuesday that Ganguly was an “asset” to the nation, and the “mild heart attack” that he experienced did not cause any damage to his health.
“He can run a marathon, fly a plane or even resume cricket. This event will not have any impact on Ganguly’s life span and he will be leading a normal life,” he said.
Ganguly took to Instagram on Thursday to thank his longtime friend and former Bengal cricketer Joydeep Mukherjee. “What u have done for me in the last 5 days is something I will remember for life ..have known U for 40 yrs now ..and it’s gone beyond just family @joydeep5,” he wrote in the caption of their photo.
Sourav Ganguly waves at his fans gathered outside the hospital on Thursday. ( Partha Paul)