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Soumitra Chatterjee: Doctors Say Situation Grim as His Health Deteriorates

Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee’s condition has deteriorated and for the first time, “an unfavourable outcome is being expected”, say doctors treating him.


After testing positive for Covid-19, the 85-year-old has been undergoing treatment at the Belle Vue Hospital in Kolkata on October 6.

“The situation is not that good and his condition has actually deteriorated. His neurological condition is the worst in the entire period of his stay,” Arindam Kar, who is leading the team of doctors at the hospital, said on Friday night.

Stating that the actor was unlikely to recover in the next 24 hours, Dr Kar said: “Though we are giving our best, it seems like it is not adequate for the recovery of Mr Chatterjee.”

The doctor also mentioned that the GCS (Glasgow Coma Scale/Score) is around five, and it has deteriorated in the last 48 hours. Doctors had performed a CT scan, but there has been no major bleeding or wound. An EEG has shown “very little activity within the brain itself, very negligible activity”.


“His heart condition is not that good also, he had an arterial flutter which means the heart rate was very high but it has now been controlled and contained. The BP (blood pressure) is also being given support, which is the first time in his entire stay. The oxygenation requirement has also gone up. Kidney functions are not good, he is now on dialysis. The coagulation function is actually the only good part in the entire scene along with that the liver functions are also stable,” said Dr Kar.

Although Chatterjee tested negative for Covid-19 on October 14, his renal function was affected due to the spread of infection and he has been periodically undergoing dialysis. Doctors had earlier expected the actor’s kidney functions to improve after dialysis.