Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday underwent a minor chest surgery at the Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, Porur, where doctors removed the excess fluid that had accumulated in his lungs. The 61-year-old film icon is suffering from pneumonia, Kidney and gastro-intestinal problems according to the doctors treating him at the hospital.
He is being treated at a private ward on the seventh floor, where doctors gave him oxygen intermittently and pumped him with antibiotics to clear respiratory infections.
Rajinikanth, who had returned home after two rounds of hospitalization, was rushed back to Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre on Saturday night when his respiratory problems worsened. A series of investigations including a CT scan was done by a team of doctors, who concluded that he suffered from pneumonia. They found he had fluid accumulation between the layers of the tissue that line the lungs and chest cavity. Blood test reports also showed elevated levels of creatinine in blood showing signs of kidney disorders and other gastrointestinal problems.
A medical bulletin from the hospital said he was ”not in the ICU and has been progressing well”. He has been advised to restrict visitors totally and is advised complete rest to avoid inter-current infections.
Satyanarayana Rao Gaikwad, the actor’s elder brother admitted that his brother was suffering from a lung infection and liver related problems.
“As you know, Rajini was a chain smoker and had a drinking habit. The doctors have identified some problems in his lungs and liver,” he said.
Gaikwad said that doctors have advised total bed rest and it would be at least six months before Rajinikanth would be in a condition to commence shooting. “There were suggestions that he should be taken to the US and we are considering it,” he added.
His much awaited film Rana is being shelved for the moment. Soundraya Rajinikanth, the star’s youngest daughter, who is also producer of the film, said, “Our top priority is my father’s health. We are not even thinking of the film at this moment. We can reschedule plans once he recovers completely.”
Director K S Ravikumar, is understood to be depressed by the developments and managed to remain unavailable for comment.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who were in Chennai for Jayalalithaa’s swearing in ceremony, visited the actor in hospital.
His millions of fans all over are praying for a speedy recovery and have been seeking divine intervention. All have one prayer on their lips: Rajinikanth should be fine. Keep watching this space for updates on Thalaivar’s health.