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 intensivist 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 events.
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. The prayers must continue…