Naranipuzha Shanavas, the Malayalam filmmaker who directed Sufiyum Sujatayum, was declared brain dead on Wednesday by doctors at the KG Hospital in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The director had gone into cardiogenic shock on December 19 and was being treated in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Speaking to Silverscreen India, KG Hospital’s PRO, Gandhirajan, said that Shanavas’ family now has to decide if they want to keep him on ventilator support in the hospital or if they want to take him home.
Sufiyum Sujatayum‘s producer, Vijay Babu, announced on social media that Shanavas was still on ventilator support and that his heart was still beating. Babu posted, “We are still hoping for a miracle,” and asked people to not share misleading information.
Shanavas is still on ventilator support . His heart is still beating …. request all to pls pray for him .
We are still hoping for a miracle .
Shall update accordingly …
Pls do not post wrong information .🙏
Posted by Vijay Babu on Tuesday, December 22, 2020
On Tuesday, Gandhirajan had said that Shanavas was under observation. “He is still in the hospital. He has been admitted to the ICU and is undergoing treatment. He is on ventilator support,” he said.
Cardiogenic shock is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to the brain, kidneys, and other vital organs. One of the most common causes of cardiogenic shock is heart attack. Treatment usually aims to restore blood flow and protect organs from damage.
Shanavas most recently directed the Malayalam film Sufiyum Sujatayum, starring Jayasurya, Aditi Rao Hydari and Dev Mohan.
The director continues to be on ventilator support at the time of writing.