Sourav Ganguly Gets Call from Modi; Cardiac Surgeon Devi Shetty Flying in Today

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to inquire about his health on Sunday, the day after the former Team India captain underwent emergency angioplasty following a mild heart attack, even as prominent cardiac surgeon Devi Shetty was scheduled to reach Kolkata on Monday to head the Ganguly Medical Board.

The Prime Minister also spoke to Ganguly’s wife, Dona, and offered all help.

Ganguly's condition remained stable, and doctors in the hospital informed him. The 10-member committee formed to oversee his treatment will consult with cardiac experts from all over the country on Monday to decide whether the 48-year-old needs further surgery.  

Bypass surgery has now been ruled out, according to sources at Woodlands Hospital, where Ganguly is admitted.

Sources close to the family said that Shetty could lead a medical board to plan the course of action after deciding whether Ganguly needed another angioplasty.

Ganguly underwent angioplasty following a diagnosis of triple vascular disease, a condition triggered by the narrowing of coronary arteries due to plaque deposition.

He has three blockages, one of which was removed on Saturday.

“We have decided to consult the best experts across the country before arriving at a decision to conduct a procedure for the other two blocks. All his reports and a recording of the angioplasty will be sent to the doctors for their opinion. We have also consulted the patient’s family, and they have agreed to go by the experts’ decision,” said Rupali Basu, CEO of Woodlands Hospital.

The 10-member medical board includes cardiologists Saroj Mandol, S B Roy, Aftab Khan, cardiothoracic surgeon Bhabatosh Biswas, critical care specialist Soutik Panda, anaesthesiologists Ashis Patro and Palash Kumar and physician Saptarshi Basu.

Ganguly’s vital parameters are normal and he slept well at night, a hospital statement said.

The statement added that Ganguly had a light breakfast and lunch and experienced no discomfiture.

Among those who visited the former captain at the hospital on Sunday are former state minister and CPM leader Ashok Bhattacharya, Trinamool MLA Vaishali Dalmiya and Arup Ray. Bhattacharya said Ganguly should not be joining politics. “I guess speculation in the media over the possibility of his joining politics is taking a toll on his health. He is not being able to take the pressure,” he told TOI. Sitaram Yechury (CPM) and Pradip Bhattacharya (Congress) were among the other visitors. Family members have constantly been present.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah and Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur are likely to drop to the hospital on Monday, according to sources. 

On Saturday morning, soon after a gym session at his Behala home, the former cricketer had felt dizzy and suffered a blackout. He was rushed to the Alipore hospital, where initial investions revealed an “acute infolateral wall myocardial infarction” and “mild inferior wall hypokinesia”.

Ganguly has no co-morbidity and has tested Covid-negative. His pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate are normal. “Treating doctors are keeping constant vigil on his condition and taking appropriate measures from time to time,” said a statement from Woodlands.

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