Medical specialists will be flown in from Bangalore and Hyderabad to treat Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who is battling for his life at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences here. As in the past two days, his condition remains very critical.

The decision to involve more specialists was taken at a meeting of the coordination committee in view of the 84-year-old Sai Baba's fluctuating healthcondition. It was attended by members of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Central Trust, medical specialists, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Major Industries J. Geetha Reddy and Anantapur Collector B. Janardhan Reddy.

“Sai Baba is in a very critical condition due to abnormal liver functioning. His respiratory system has been put on the ventilator while he is undergoing dialysis to help in functioning of kidneys. All vital organs are not reacting to the treatment because of infection,” Dr. Janardhan Reddy told The Hindu after the meeting. The only positive sign was stability in heartbeat and blood pressure, he said.

A bulletin released by Institute Director A.N. Safaya said Sai Baba continued to be in a very critical condition and that the episodes of low blood pressure were a cause of great worry.

Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party MLA from Puttaparthi Palle Raghunath Reddy appealed to the trustees to clear all “misgivings” about Sai Baba's health by addressing the media. Justice P.N. Bhagwati, who is one of the trustees, arrived here. The others, M. Chakravarthy, S.V. Giri, W. Sreenivasan, Indulal Shah and K. Venkatraman, are already in town.

Normal life and business activities, affected in this town in the last few days in the wake of Sai Baba's health condition, were back on rails. Hundreds of policemen have been on security duty here for several days.