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Sen better, pulse irregular

Suchitra Sen’s health improved on Tuesday but her pulse rate continued to be irregular, sources said.

The 82-year-old screen icon was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic on December 23 night with an acute chest infection.

“She is maintaining all her parameters well,” said a hospital official. Sources, however, said her pulse rate was fluctuating and she had been given drugs to stabilise the rate.

Sen had a normal diet on Tuesday, the source said. “She had soup, rice and lightly cooked chicken and fish.”

Sen was wheeled into the second-floor intensive therapy unit from a private room after her condition worsened late on Sunday. Doctors felt it would take another two-three days before she could be shifted back to the private room.

A scheduled cataract surgery on Sen’s right eye has been postponed because of her health condition. “We’ll again think of the surgery once all her parameters become normal and she is shifted to a private room,” said the source.

Sen continued to be on oxygen and was given antibiotics on Tuesday. A five-member medical board, headed by critical care expert Subrata Maitra, is treating her. “Daughter Moon Moon Sen and granddaughters Raima and Riya are by her side,” the source said.