The condition of playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, who is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in MGM Healthcare in Chennai, is still critical. A medical bulletin from the hospital released this evening read: “The expert medical team treating him is closely monitoring his vital parameters, which are satisfactory at this point of time.”
Releasing the medical bulletin, hospital assistant director Dr Anuradha Baskaran informed the press that Balasubrahmanyam was connected to life support systems, including a ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
While the ventilator uses pressure to blow oxygenated air into your lungs, the ECMO pumps blood to a heart-lung machine, which removes carbon dioxide and returns oxygen-filled blood back to tissues.
Doctors said using ECMO allows the blood to “bypass” the heart and lungs, allowing these organs to rest and heal.
Balasubrahmanyam had turned 74 on 4 June this year. There are reports from different cities of the country of mass prayers being held, with people praying for his fast recovery.
To pray for the speedy recovery of Balasubrahmanyam, stars and veterans Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, AR Rahman, Ilaiyaraaja and Bharathiraja among others are holding a mass prayer meeting on 20 August. Due to the novel COVID pandemic, the prayer will take place at their respective houses between 6 PM and 6.05 PM. Those who wish to take part in the mass prayer can play any song of Balasubrahmanyam at home.
Through the statement, the celebrities requested people from the film and music industries to join them in the mass prayer. Also, many celebrities took to Twitter to share a post requesting people to join them in the prayer meet.
Composer GV Prakash shared a statement and video asking people to join him for the mass prayer meeting. He wrote, “Let’s come together and pray for the speedy recovery of legendary singer SPB. Be a part of mass prayers on 20 August at 6 PM from your respective places. Let’s make sure that his voice is heard again. #GetWellSoonSPBSIR (sic).”
Filmmaker AR Murugadoss tweeted about the mass prayer, requesting people to pray for Balasubrahmanyam. “SPB sir, The legendary singer who has given us immense happiness & joy since our childhood. Let us all unite and pray for him together for his speedy recovery on 20/08/20 Thursday, 6 PM In India, 8:30 AM in USA, 4:30 PM in Dubai (sic),” his tweet read.
Balasubrahmanyam, testing positive for the novel coronavirus, had got himself admitted at MGM Healthcare Hospital on 5 August. While he remained stable for more than a week, his condition worsened in the night of 13 August.
The singer complained of breathing trouble, after which he was put on ventilator support. According to his son SP Charan, SPB is still on life support but is showing signs of improvement. Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijaybhaskar has been in touch with Charan and the hospital officials regarding Balasubrahmanyam.
Many celebrities, politicians and well-wishers are praying for the legendary and superhit singer‘s recovery.