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04-Nov-08, afternoon report


By Dr Madhavananda das, Director of Bhaktivedanta Hospital

Maharaj’s consciousness has been stable and he responds to verbal commands
by opening his eyes or by facial expression. This has been up and down and
sometimes he is responsive and sometimes he is unresponsive.

He has been moving his left hand, the other limbs are not moving and is a
matter of concern.

The neurologist Dr PP Ashok and the itensivist Dr Hegde are monitoring him
closely. According to them things are taking their natural course and
recovery is a lengthy process.

Even though a decline in consciousness is observed since the last 3 days
and Maharaj remains critical, and he is in a state where things may go
wrong, there is no reason to believe that he will not recover. The prayers
must go on and that is the only factor which will change the course of

Overall it can be summarized that
•       Maharaj’s condition is critical but stable
•       There is no further deterioration
•       He still responds to commands but not as much as 4 days back.
•       His blood pressure and other parameters like blood sugar,
potassium levels, platelets are stable.
•       Tomorrow they will again try to wean him from the ventilator.
•       The doctors from Bhaktivedanta Hospital are constantly in touch
with the treating doctors.
•       Prayers must continue.

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