Press Trust of India
May 20, 2011 11:40 IST
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth's wife Latha said the actor was "doing fine" and he has been moved to the Intensive care unit of a city hospital as it is a 'protected place.'
""He is doing well, he is fine. It was an infection that has created an imbalance. He has been moved to ICU only to give more protection and give proper treatment because it's a sterile area," his wife Latha told reporters outside Sri Ramachandra Hospital, where he has been admitted for respiratory infection and gastro-intestinal problems.
She further said he is eating well and they wanted the actor to take proper rest which was not possible at their home, due to visitors.
Latha Rajinikanth dismissed reports that his health was deteriorating.
Clarifying that all "his organs are fine," Latha said Rajinikanth is a "human being and does not have supernatural powers" and needed a sterile atmosphere.
"It was an infection that created an imbalance. It started with stomach and respiratory infection is also there... he is fine now," she added.
Asked how long the actor will be in the ICU, she said, "As long as he needs a sterile atmosphere."
Responding to a query on whether he will go abroad for treatment, she said "it is not necessary right now."
The doctor, who is attending to the actor, said, Rajinikanth is a "hale and healthy man".
He said the actor is cheerful and cracking jokes in the ICU. However, he did not say when he will be discharged. Latha was accompanied by her son-in-law and Tamil actor Dhanush.
Rajinikanth, who suffered from viral fever and exhaustion recently, was admitted to the Sri Ramachandra Hospital on May 13, days after he was discharged from another hospital where he had been treated for allergic bronchitis and viral fever.
He had suffered from exhaustion on April 29, the first day of the shoot of his new period film 'Rana' co-starring Deepika Padukone, which is being directed by K S Ravikumar.
He was admitted to Isabel Hospital in the city and discharged the same day, only to be re-admitted there on May 4 for allergic bronchitis and viral fever.
Rajini's doctor and a leading cardiologist Dr Thanikachalam told reporters that it was a gastro-intestinal problem that led to respiratory problem for which there is no single cause.
He said the actor had some fluid collection from lungs which had to be taken out. Seeking to play down reports that he was on dialysis, the doctor said "haemo-dialysis is not done only renal failure."
"Rajini is a hale and hearty man. He came here on Friday. Before that he was elsewhere. For the next 48 to 72 hours we went through him thoroughly. He is fine...he took two idlis and a vada this morning," he said, adding he also had rasam made of banana stem for lunch.
"He is cheerful and he is fine...he cracked jokes in the morning. What else you want me to say as a doctor?" he asked.
Asked when Rajinikanth would be shifted out of the ICU, he said: "If possible tomorrow, otherwise day after." Rajinikant, who suffered from viral fever and exhaustion recently, was admitted to the Sri Ramachandra Hospital on May 13 days after he was discharged from another hospital where he had been treated for allergic bronchitis and viral fever.