Former West Bengal Chief Minister and senior CPI (M) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was rushed to a private hospital on Saturday due to breathing problems.
As per the medical bulletin issued by the hospital, the 79-year-old Bhattacharjee was admitted to Woodlands Hospital for a "lower respiratory tract infection and Type II respiratory failure."
The hospital's statement mentioned, "Mr. Bhattacharjee has been put on non-invasive ventilation, antibiotics, and other supportive management. Necessary investigations have been done, and the reports are awaited. He is haemodynamically stable." A multidisciplinary medical team is closely monitoring his progress.
Hospital sources revealed that Bhattacharjee's oxygen saturation declined to 70 per cent in the afternoon, leading to unconsciousness. This prompted an immediate transfer to the hospital through a green corridor.
Politicians from various parties offered their prayers for the veteran politician's swift recovery. Governor CV Ananda Bose visited the hospital and wished Bhattacharjee a speedy recovery.
It's worth noting that Bhattacharjee, who served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 2000 to 2011, is also suffering from COPD.