Lata Mangeshkar's health deteriorates, on ventilator

The 92-year-old singer was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital’s ICU on January 11 after testing positive for COVID-19.

February 05, 2022 05:31 pm | Updated 08:22 pm IST - Mumbai

Singer Lata Mangeshkar. File

Singer Lata Mangeshkar. File

The health of veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has been admitted in a hospital in Mumbai for over a month now, deteriorated further on Saturday, her doctor said.

“Lata Mangeshkar- ji is in ICU (intensive care unit) and continues to be under aggressive therapy. Her condition is critical but she is tolerating and responding to the treatment,” Dr. Pratit Samdhani of the Breach Candy Hospital, where Ms. Mangeshkar is admitted, said. She is on ventilator support and her condition iscritical.

On Saturday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray visited the hospital but did not speak with the media. Mr. Thackeray shares family relations with the Mangeshkar family.

The 92-year-old singer was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital’s ICU on January 11 after testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. She was kept on ventilator but taken off it when she showed signs of improvement.

On January 27, her official Twitter handle was updated with a statement that read, “Lata didi continues to be in ICU at Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai under treatment. She has been given a TRIAL of extubation (off the invasive Ventilator) this morning. Presently, she is showing signs of improvement but will remain under observation of the team of doctors headed by Dr Pratit Samdani. We thank each one for your prayers and good wishes.”

Her health, however, deteriorated on February 5, after which she has been provided ventilator support again.

Ms. Mangeshkar, popularly known as the “nightingale of India”, is a recipient of the country’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.

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