The condition of Minister for Housing M.H. Ambareesh, who was admitted to a private hospital on Friday after he complained of breathlessness, is stable.

According to the doctors, the actor-turned-politician is suffering from a severe lung infection. “He has oedema of the lungs. He is unable to breathe on his own because of the heavy fluid accumulation in the lungs and is on ventilator. He may have to be in the CCCU for two more days,” said S.B. Vikram of the hospital.

The doctor said Mr. Ambareesh, who is a diabetic, does not have any problems related to the heart and kidney. “The only concern is with his lungs. A team of doctors, comprising a pulmonologist and cardiologist, are attending to him,” he said.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who visited the hospital to see the Minister, assured his fans that there was no need to worry. “The doctors have told me that he will be alright in the next two days,” he told them. Many film personalities and political leaders, including Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara and veteran actor Leelavathi visited the hospital to enquire about the patient’s health. This created a traffic jam on Miller’s Road where the hospital is located. A large number of police personnel were deployed to manage the crowds. Scores of fans who came from Mandya camped outside the hospital and prayed for Mr. Ambareesh’s speedy recovery.

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