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Bengal all-rounder's condition improves

Chowdhury, who met an accident, now responds to verbal commands.

Press Trust Of India |October 20, 2009, 7:20 PM IST
Bengal all-rounder's condition improves

Kolkata: Bengal all-rounder Avik Chowdhury, who met an accident on Sunday, responded to verbal commands on Tuesday and doctors said the cricketer's condition had improved though he continued to be on a ventilator.

According to the CEO of Ruby General Hospital, Dr SB Purakayastha, the 24-year-old cricketer, who is in the intensive therapy unit after his accident on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass on Sunday afternoon, showed good signs of recovery.

"There is stability in his blood pressure which is about normal. There is no fresh haemorrhage from the chest. Lungs are clear now and these are good signs," Dr Purakayastha told PTI.

"He also responded to verbal commands. We are trying our best to save his life. But we cannot say he is out of danger, though the threat to his life has reduced considerably," he said.

However, the extent of spinal chord injury could not be assessed as the MRI cannot be done till Chowdhury is on ventilator.

"Our priority is to save his life first. His lower limbs are paralysed and the extent of bone damage can be known only after an MRI," said Dr Purakayastha.

Chowdhury's car went out of control and rammed into a divider between Kalikapur and Ruby Hospital on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass on Sunday.

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