Veteran South Indian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam is now critical and currently on life support, according to a statement from MGM Healthcare. The prolific singer had taken to social media platform Facebook, last week to reveal his COVID-19 status. In that video post, he stated that the infections were mild in nature and he would be out of the hospital in no time.
The hospital’s statement over SP Balasubrahmanyam reads:
“There has been a setback in the health of Thiru SP Balasubrahmanyam who had been admitted at MGM healthcare for symptoms of COVID since 5th August 2020. In a late night development on August 13, 2020 his condition has deteriorated. And based on the advice of the expert medical team attending to him, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and he is on life support and his condition remains critical”.
“He is currently under observation by the team and experts from critical care and his haemodynamic and clinical parameters are being closely monitored,” the statement adds.
SPB had announced on August 5 that he had contracted the coronavirus. The singer had begun treatment for the virus optimistically and even put out a video that he was likely to be discharged in a few days as he was only suffering from very mild symptoms.
“Since 2-3 days I was having discomfort. Chest congestion which for a singer is nonsense. I also had phlegm formation, cold and fever. These three things. Otherwise, I didn’t have any problem. I did not want to take it easy so I went to the hospital to get myself checked. They said it is a mild case of corona. I was asked to stay home and self-quarantine,” SPB said in the video.
Balasubrahmanyam’s son, SP Charan, and sister SP Vasantha, said that the famous singer was seriously unwell earlier on Friday but had recovered by evening. Charan told media in Chennai that his father’s condition had improved and that he was doing much better under the care of the doctors. There is no cause for concern and he will get better, Charan said.Deccan Chronicle
The singer has opted to be hospitalized to allay concerns from his family. “Thank you so much for your concern. Please don’t bother calling me. I am fine. I will be fine,” he added, before ending the video.
The award-winning South Indian vocalist SP Balasubrahmanyam has sung over 40,000 songs in his career. His wellwishers include AR Rahman, Chinmayi Sripaada, Dhanush, Radikaa Sarathkumar, R Sarathkumar among others are praying for the singer’s speedy recovery.
Veteran music composer Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja took to Facebook and wished SP Balasubramaniam well and urges him to recover and come back quickly.
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