Soumitra Chatterjee to undergo dialysis
Published: 09:52 PM, 28 October 2020 Updated: 09:58 PM, 28 October 2020
Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been placed on ventilator support since Monday. Now he will undergo two-three episodes of dialysis to tackle his renal function that doctors described as “not so good” on Wednesday.
Dr. Arindam Kar of Belle Vue Clinic, Kolkata, where Soumitra undergoing treatment, said in a 3 pm bulletin: “Renal function is not so good. So, our team of nephrologists has decided on 2-3 episodes of dialysis to bring down urea and creatinine which should also improve the consciousness. We would be starting dialysis sometime soon. We will try to restore urine output. Hopefully, the dialysis will be for a shorter duration, not prolonged episodes.”
Mr. Chatterjee, 85 was admitted to the clinic on October 6 after being infected with Covid-19. Three days later he had to move to the intensive care unit (ICU).
On Wednesday, it was at 9-10 out of 15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale, unchanged over the last few days. “Barely arousable” is how Dr Kar had described it in an earlier bulletin.
Dr. Arindam , a critical care specialist and leading the medical board for Soumitra Chatterjee at Belle Vue, said there was no gastrointestinal bleeding on Wednesday. The actor's hemoglobin and other parameters like lung function are stable. Oxygen support is at about 40-50 percent, again unchanged since yesterday.
“Ventilator parameters are good,” he said, adding: “We have been able to detect the offending bacteria and organisms that are creating the secondary infections and we have initiated the antibiotics according to sensitivity report.”
Soumitra Chatterjee was one of the leading actors in Satyajit Ray’s films. He made the debut with Ray’s Apur Sansar in 1959. He is also mostly known for the Feluda series of Satyajit. For his level of acting, he attained so many national and international awards.
Apart from cinema, the legend is admired for his writing, theatre, poetry recitation and paintings.