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Sen improves, still in ITU

Suchitra Sen’s health improved slightly on Monday but she continued to be in the intensive therapy unit (ITU), sources said.

The 82-year-old screen icon, who has shunned the public eye for decades, was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic on December 23 night with an acute chest infection.

“There was a mild improvement today in her condition after a crisis last night. She had light food for breakfast and lunch but hardly spoke to doctors and nurses,” said a hospital source.

Sen continued to be on oxygen and was given antibiotics. A five-member medical board, headed by critical care expert Subrata Maitra, is treating her.

She was wheeled into the intensive therapy unit from a private room after her condition worsened late on Sunday.

According to sources, she was complaining of chest pain and the pulse rate was faster than normal. Her heartbeat, too, was irregular.

“Daughter Moon Moon Sen and granddaughters Raima and Riya rushed to the hospital last night. Moon Moon was with her till morning and returned to the hospital in the afternoon,” said a source. According to sources, doctors want to keep her in the ITU till her condition stabilises.

Last year, she was admitted to Belle Vue for a surgery on her left wrist, which she had fractured in a fall.

In 2010, Sen had been admitted to the hospital with severe respiratory distress caused by a chest infection and had taken several days to recover.