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Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi’s Health Critical, On Ventilator

The health minister also informed that Tarun Gogoi is “completely unconscious” and has suffered from multi-organ failure.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed on Saturday that former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s health condition deteriorated with multi-organ failure and he has become unconscious with difficulty in breathing.

The minister said that the 86-year old veteran Congress politician, who was on Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) since he was admitted at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on November 2 due to post-COVID complications, was put under invasive ventilation.

Mr Sarma, who rushed to the GMCH to inquire Mr Gogoi’s health, said: “Around afternoon today, his condition deteriorated with difficulties in breathing. So, doctors started an intubation ventilator, which is machine ventilation.”

The health minister also informed that Tarun Gogoi is “completely unconscious” and has suffered from multi-organ failure.

“Efforts are on to revive his organs with medicines and other means. The doctors will also attempt dialysis. However, the next 48-72 hours are very critical and we are doing everything possible,” Mr Sarma said.

Doctors of GMCH are in constant touch with experts from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi and ruled out any possibility of shifting him to outside the state in this condition, the health minister said.

“We are regularly updating the family and every decision is being taken with their consent only,” he added.

The three-time former chief minister, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 and other post-recovery complications, was discharged on Oct 25 from the GMCH after spending exactly two months there.

He had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on on August 25 and was admitted to the GMCH the next day.

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