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Suchitra slightly better

Suchitra Sen underwent two sessions of chest physiotherapy on Tuesday, which proved effective in clearing some of the congestion in her lungs, doctors at Belle Vue Clinic said.

According to a doctor treating the 82-year-old actress, the number of physiotherapy sessions will be doubled from Wednesday. “It has proved to be very effective. The secretion in the lungs is clearing out and so she felt much better today. We have decided to increase the physiotherapy,” he said.

Other methods of extracting secretion from the lungs such as inserting a tube into the lungs through the upper respiratory tract were not advisable for Sen given her age and current health condition, doctors said.

“Her condition improved slightly today and she was feeling better,” said critical care expert Subrata Maitra, who is leading the team of doctors treating Sen.

The actress continued to be put on non-invasive ventilation intermittently through the day as the level of oxygen saturation in her blood was still fluctuating.

The 82-year-old actress was admitted to Belle Vue on the night of December 23 with acute chest infection. She was shifted from a private room to the ITU on December 29 and continues to be there to allow constant monitoring.

“Her heart rate and blood pressure remained satisfactory. But because of continuous monitoring of her vital parameters, which might need active emergency intervention, she will continue to be in the ITU,” said a medical bulletin released by Belle Vue Clinic at 1pm on Tuesday.

With an improvement in her overall condition, Sen’s food intake has also increased, sources said. On Tuesday, she had toast, tea and eggs for breakfast, followed by a light lunch and dinner.

Doctors said the chest infection with which she was admitted to hospital was under control with antibiotics and steroids taking effect. They were considering stopping antibiotics as Sen has been taking them for almost a fortnight and might grow resistant.