Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam who was admitted to MGM Healthcare Hospital, Choolaimedu, on August 5 owing to mild symptoms of COVID19, has been on life support for the past few weeks after his health deteriorated on the night of August 13. Amidst widespread concern for the iconic singer’s health, his son, singer-actor-producer SP Charan has been updating the public regularly to avoid unwarranted speculations about the Padma Vibushan’s health condition.
The latest is that the singer, who is being closely monitored, is still receiving Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) treatment apart from being on life-support. The hospital has also issued a health bulletin stating the same and added that the singer is currently stable. It also mentioned that he is conscious, responsive, and is showing clinical progress.
Last week, there were rumours doing the rounds that the singer had tested negative for COVID19. SP Charan in response to this, put out a video stating that updates about SPB’s health will be given only by him and asked people and fans to not believe any other source. He also added that the singer is stable but is still on ventilator support and is receiving ECMO treatment irrespective of the COVID19 test result.
“Kindly refrain from rumour-mongering,” says singer #SPBalasubrahmanyam‘s son SPB Charan following reports of him testing negative for #COVID19. Clarifying he still remains on life support, he said the legendary singer is stable. @xpresstn pic.twitter.com/pCKSkIKatX
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) August 24, 2020
On the same day, in the evening, SP Charan put out a video saying that he had met SPB yesterday, after two weeks and passed on all of the prayers and offerings given by the film fraternity, friends, and fans. He said that the singer was on sedation and hence could not open his eyes widely, but is gradually recovering and responding well to everyone around him. He added that he is thankful for all the love being showered and asked for the prayers to keep coming. He also said that the offerings have been placed near his hospital bed.
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On August 26, SP Charan informed that the doctors noticed a slight improvement in the lung capacity of the singer and that he was responding well and feeling comfortable without any sedation. He was reportedly responding well to the music and people around him but found difficulty in writing when SP Charan asked him to do so. Charan also added that the daily news is being read out to him every morning.
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On August 31, he informed that his mother Savitri, who had also tested positive earlier, is recovering well and is back home whilst on basic medication. He also said that there is good improvement in the lung capacity of SPB and that the singer has been undergoing physiotherapy owing to the inactivity of the body for all these days.
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Ever since the singer has been admitted, prayers have been pouring in from all over India. Top actors, producers, directors, composers, singers, fans, and the film fraternity, in general, along with politicians, PROs, and music labels have been constantly praying for the recovery of the singer. The MGM hospital staff have also reportedly been playing the songs of the singer at the premises to keep his spirits up and help him in his process of recovery.
Composers Ilaiyaraaja, AR Rahman, Thaman, Deva, Harris Jayaraj, actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Mohan, Chiranjeevi, Anil Kapoor, Manobala, Pawan Kalyan, Parthiepan, Keerthy Suresh, Radhika Sarathkumar, producers Suresh Kamatchi, DVV Danayya, directors Bharathiraja, Radha Krishna Kumar, Subramaniam Shiva, singers KS Chithra, Anirudh Ravichander, and Shashaa Tirupati are some of the celebrities who have been praying for the legendary singer.
“Come back Balu, come back soon. ” Composer Ilaiyaraaja releases touching video message for his friend and longtime collaborator, #SPBalasubrahmanyam, who is in critical condition with #Covid19. pic.twitter.com/1PkOOxrKeu
— Silverscreen.in (@silverscreenin) August 14, 2020
அன்பிற்கினிய அன்னைய்யா, உங்களுக்காக நாங்கள் காத்திருக்கிறோம்.
எனது குரலாக நீங்களும், உமது முகமாக நானும் பல ஆண்டுகள் வாழ்ந்திருக்கிறோம்.
உங்கள் குரல் இன்னும் ஒலித்திட வேண்டும். மீண்டும் வாருங்கள். தொரகா ரண்டி அன்னைய்யா 🙏
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) August 16, 2020
Praying for a speedy recovery, #SPBalasubrahmanyam sir 🙏
— Keerthy Suresh (@KeerthyOfficial) August 14, 2020
Recently, Telugu singer Malavika Pantula slammed rumours that stated that she had tested COVID19 positive and spread the infection to SPB intentionally during a music show for ETV. She requested the people to support the families of SPB and herself and refrain from spreading such rumours.
On August 20, actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, composers Ilaiyaraaja and AR Rahman, director Bharathiraja, and lyricist Vairamuthu organised a mass prayer session for the singer, inviting music lovers and the film fraternity for the same. They played his songs from their respective places from 6 pm – 6.05 pm and prayed for his recovery. In the end, a teary-eyed Bharathiraja thanked all of his contemporaries for attending the prayer despite their own personal issues.
— Silverscreen.in (@silverscreenin) August 21, 2020
Earlier, on Independence day, composer Gangai Amaren, the Tokyo Tamil Sangam, and other world Tamil sangams had united calling the film fraternity too to pray for the singer. Singer Surmukhi Raman had also joined the prayers.
Mass prayer for speedy recovery for our SPB sir Special prayer from Shri GangaiMaran followed by singer Surmukhi
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