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Bijuda improves but to stay in ICU

Dec. 7: The condition of Biju Phukan, who was admitted to a private hospital here early today after he suffered a mild cerebral stroke, has started improving.

Doctors attending him said he would be kept under observation for two more days in the intensive care unit and have to stay in hospital for a week.

“The actor was rushed to our hospital around 1.10am today. We conducted preliminary investigations and found that he had suffered a mild brain stroke. We immediately admitted him to ICU and started treatment. The actor has hypertension and diabetes and was already on medication. Doctors are conducting his treatment taking his previous and current medical condition into account,” said Hitesh Baruah, managing director of Nemcare Hospital.

“His condition has improved since yesterday. However, we will keep him in ICU for another three days and then shift him to a paying cabin. He will need to stay in the hospital for a week or so until he is pronounced fit to be discharged,” he added.

Phukan had suffered from a myocardial infarction, a type of heart attack, in the past but recovered. The 65-year-old actor, who hails from Dibrugarh, has been residing in Wireless area here with his family for several years now.

After hearing the news of the actor’s health condition, many from the Assamese film fraternity and other artistes visited “Bijuda” to enquire about his condition today.

“Bijuda was already an established actor when I joined the film industry. I have acted with him in several movies. My family and I have a very close relationship with his family. Apart from being a versatile actor, he is a friendly and nice person. I just pray for his early recovery,” said actress Mridula Baruah.

“Phukan is a very close friend of mine and I was very worried about his condition. But after meeting him, I am greatly relieved that his condition is stable. Many artistes in the state are not economically sound and therefore, it would be extremely helpful if the government came forward to provide financial assistance for their treatment,” said actor Nipon Goswami.

Phukan started his acting career in 1970 with his debut in the evergreen Assamese movie Dr Bezbaruah and has worked in over 50 films so far. He was also associated with theatre and acted in a few Bengali movies too.

His memorable performances in Ajoli Nobou, Bowari, Aaranya, Ghar Sansar and the national award-winning film Agnisnan directed by Bhabendra Nath Saikia, have etched a deep impression in the minds of the people.