Raju Srivastava Health Update: Stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava's health is deteriorating even two days after he suffered heart-attack, sources in AIIMS, Delhi told IANS on Friday. A source in the hospital told the news agency that Raju Srivastava is in serious condition in the Intensive care unit (ICU) adding that the comedian's condition is not stable and he is being kept under strict observation of doctors.
Raju Srivastava unconscious for past 46 hours
Raju Srivastava has not regained consciousness for the last 46 hours and doctors told the news agency that he has suffered brain damage. The 58-year-old stand-up comic was admitted to the hospital after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday and later underwent angioplasty. Reportedly, Srivastava was running on the treadmill when he suffered the cardiac arrest and was rushed to the AIIMS. The comedian was rushed to catheterisation lab for emergency angiography. He was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) twice that day.
"Srivastava continues to be critical and on ventilator in the ICU," the source told PTI. The comedian is being treated by Dr Nitish Naik, professor at the department of cardiology at the AIIMS.
Raju Srivastava suffered brain damage
Raju Srivastava has not regained consciousness for the last 46 hours and doctors said that he has suffered brain damage, according to reports.
A report in Pinkvilla states that Raju suffered brain damage after the heart attack. Ahsaan Qurehshi told the portal that Raju Srivastava had been unconscious for the last 25-30 hours. "The doctors have asked to wait and watch as he is under observation in the ICU. A few hours ago, the doctors shared that Raju made some slight movements but his brain isn't functioning completely and is unresponsive," the report quoted Ahsaan Qureshi as saying.
Quereshi also shared a post on Instagram praying for Raju's speedy recovery. "Mere pyaare Dost,hansa hansa kar desh ka dil jeetne waale, Comedy ki duniya ke Badshah, Raju Shrivastava ji Delhi AIIMS me bharti hain due to heart Attack, sab milkar prayer kijiye. saamuhik prarthna me bahut taqat hoti hai. Raju bhai swasth hokar aayein aur hamein phir se hansaayein (sic)," he wrote along with a photo of them together.
PM Modi, CM Yogi and Rajnath Singh offer help
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, telephoned Raju Srivastava's wife Shikha to enquire about his health and offered support, the family sources added. Besides, Prime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have spoken to the family of Raju Srivastava to enquire about his condition.
About Raju Srivastava
Raju Srivastava, who has been active in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s, received recognition after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge" in 2005.
He has appeared in Hindi films such as "Maine Pyar Kiya", "Baazigar", "Bombay to Goa" (remake) and "Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya".
He was one of the contestants on "Bigg Boss" season three.
Srivastava is the current chairman of the Film Development Council Uttar Pradesh.
--with PTI and IANS inputs
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