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Suchitra critical

Screen icon Suchitra Sen was put on “non-invasive ventilation” following severe respiratory distress on Friday. Doctors said her condition was critical. Sen’s “breathing problem has increased leading to a dip in her oxygen saturation”, a bulletin issued by Belle Vue Clinic said.

Sen has been on oxygen support in the ITU. Around noon, a mask connected to a ventilator — bi-pap, a non-invasive ventilator — was put in place to further boost the oxygen supply. Sen’s condition “improved slightly” with the use of the bi-pap. “She sat up and had soup. That was the only meal she had today,” said a source.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited Belle Vue on Friday evening but did not enter her cabin “respecting the privacy” of the actress who has been a recluse for three decades. “She (Sen) has been away from the public eye for 30-33 years. This is something we respect. So, I spoke to (her daughter) Moon Moon. Subrata Maitra, who is treating her, told me that she was critical throughout the day but is better now,” Mamata said outside the hospital.

At the programme from where the chief minister came to Belle Vue, there was on e name on every lip off the stage. “She is the most beautiful woman on earth and a dream heroine. Sadly, I never had the opportunity of working with her,” veteran actor Deepankar De said on the sidelines of the inaugural Tele Academy Award ceremony at Science City. Actress Madhabi Mukherjee said: “I’ve grown up on Suchitradi and Uttamda. I hope she recovers fast.”

The 82-year-old actress was admitted to Belle Vue on the night of December 23 with an acute chest infection and last Sunday she was shifted from a private room to the ITU. Doctors are administering medicines to reduce her chest infection and stabilise her heartbeat. “Her other vital parameters like heart rate and blood pressure remain stable,” was the official word from her medical team