Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was put on ventilator support after he suffered a mild heart attack on Saturday. Chatterjee remains critical after his health deteriorated further more.
Chatterjee, who’s a 10-term Lok Sabha MP, after suffering from a kidney ailment was re-admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. The 89-year-old veteran leader even suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in July, after which he was rushed to a private medical center.
A senior hospital official told PTI, “He is undergoing dialysis. In such cases it happens at times that the heart stops giving support. Chatterjee suffered a mild heart attack this morning, but was revived. He is in the ICCU and is responding to treatment,” a senior hospital official told PTI.
“He has been under treatment for the past 40 days. Chatterjee was discharged from the hospital just for three days after his health showed signs of improvement. However, his condition deteriorated last Tuesday and he had to be hospitalised again,” the official further said.
Chatterjee, one of the longest-serving parliamentarians in India, is currently an independent candidate. He served as the Speaker of Lok Sabha from the year 2004 to 2009. He joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPM in 1968 and remained its leader till 2008.