Former president Venkataraman critical

January 19th, 2009 - 7:39 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) Former president R. Venkataraman is in a critical condition at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital, a spokesperson of the hospital said Monday.The 98-year-old former president of the country was admitted to the hospital Jan 12 with “delirium and dehydration”.

“He was found to have e-coli urinary tract infection and sepsis. He also has evidence of pneumonia and respiratory failure, for which he is on respiratory support,” said the hopsital spokesperson.

A team of physicians is constantly monitoring his health.

Born Dec 4, 1910, Venkataraman was the eighth president of the country serving from 1987 to 1992. Before his election as president, he served as vice-president of the country for nearly four years.

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