The condition of spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba showed signs of progress on Tuesday as doctors said his consciousness improved considerably.

The 85-year-old Baba, who was admitted to the super-speciality hospital at Prashantigram on March 28 for chest and lung congestion, was in a stable condition. He is still on ventilator to support his respiratory function and on the continued renal replacement therapy (CRRT) system to assist in his kidney function.

According to the bulletin issued by A.N. Safaya, Director, Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, the other vital systems were near normal and satisfactory. “He is under constant watch of the panel of doctors treating him.”

Hundreds of anxious devotees thronged Puttaparthi. Shops have been closed and vehicular movement has been restricted by the police, who do not allow the devotees to gather on the roads leading to Prashantigram.

Those at the helm of the Sathya Sai Central Trust are leaving nothing to chance and mobilising the best medical experts. Two specialists from the U.S. have reached the hospital to give expert advice. Andhra Pradesh Major Industries Minister J. Geetha Reddy, who has been camping in Puttaparthi since April 2, said Sai Baba showed signs of improvement, but “he is still not out of the delicate zone.”

The State government rushed Principal Secretary, Health, P.V. Ramesh, and the former Health Secretary, L.V. Subrahmanyam, to coordinate with the teams of doctors and provide logistics support as and when needed. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy scheduled to go to Puttaparthi, however, dropped the plan on the advice of the doctors, as it could cause patients in the intensive care unit inconvenience.

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