Hospital Wants Comatose Dasmunshi to Go Home

New Delhi
Hospital Wants Comatose Dasmunshi to Go Home
For over three years, former Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi has been at the Capital's Apollo hospital after suffering a stroke and the hospital now wants him to go home since he has shown no signs of recovery.

But his family is not willing to shift the 66-year-old politician home, with his wife Deepa Dasmunshi, a Congress MP, saying today that although there is no improvement in his neurological condition, there is no deterioration either.

Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo group of Hospitals, said that despite treatment for his paralytic state, his condition remained unchanged and our doctors are of the view that he can be taken care of at home.

"Johns Hopkins doctors who saw Dasmunshi said that he was in coma. All treatment modalities have been tried upon him but there have been no results," Dr Reddy said, adding, that the hospital was short of beds and the treatment can be replicated at his home.

Deepa said the hospital had told them to take Dasmunshi home but "we are not taking him because of the fear of infection as he has two openings in his body."

Recently, Lok Sabha secretariat has sought opinion of the Health Ministry on whether Deepa Dasmunshi is entitled for full medical reimbursement of the claim.

So far, the Lok Sabha Secretariat paid for Dasmunshi’s treatment, which reportedly costs about Rs 6 lakh per month, and the total dues add up to Rs 50 lakh as bills have not been paid from April this year.

According to doctors attending to Dasmunsi, the stroke suffered by him on October 12, 2008, left him paralysed, unable to speak or recognise anyone.

The 66-year-old minister was first admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 12, 2008 after he suffered a stroke and paralysis but was shifted to the Apollo Hospital nine days later for further neurological treatment.

Dr Reddy said, "Our doctors have said that he can be taken care at home. The treatment and care he gets in the hospital can be replicated at his home too. We have told this to his family but they want him to be in the hospital.

"His family is hoping for a miracle to happen. Many treatment modalities have been tried upon. I think they feel the treatment here is the best," he said.

American neurologist from John Hopkins University, Dr Den Henley, was flown in twice to examine Dasmunsi but there were no results.

In an attempt to reverse some of the loss of brain functions caused by the stroke he even underwent a stereotactic brain surgery using stem cells in Germany in November 2009.

The ailing minister's wife Deepa Dasmunsi, also a Congress MP said, "There is no improvement yet in his neurological condition nor has it deteriorated. But I am happy that he is out of life support system. He has gained weight over time. His sense organs need to get functional."
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