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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Undergoes Emergency Brain Surgery, Recovering Well: Hospital


New Delhi, Mar 20: Spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev underwent an emergency brain surgery at a private hospital here after suffering “life-threatening” bleeding in the skull and is now recovering well, a senior doctor said on Wednesday.
“The surgery was carried out on March 17 to remove bleeding in the skull. Sadhguru was weaned off the ventilator post-surgery,” a statement from Indraprastha Apollo Hospital said, adding he has shown “steady progress” and his “vital parameters have improved”.
Sadhguru also posted a video on his Instagram page from his hospital bed. “The Apollo hospital neurosurgeons cut through my skull to try and find something, but found nothing — totally empty. So they gave up and patched it up. Here I am in Delhi with the patched-up skull but a damaged brain,” he said in a lighter vein.
Several celebrities posted messages on social media wishing him a speedy recovery.
The 66-year-old spiritual guru is the founder of the Isha Foundation and has launched campaigns like ‘Save Soil' and ‘Rally for Rivers' for conservation.
Vinit Suri, the hospital's senior consultant neurologist who led the team of doctors that attended to Sadhguru, said he had faced a “life-threatening situation”.

“He has actually done extremely well, much beyond our expectation… He is now extremely well, he is back to his normal self… all his brain, body vital parameters are normal,” Suri said.
He had been suffering from severe headaches for the last four weeks. Despite the severity of the pain, he continued with his normal daily schedule and social activities and even conducted the Maha Shivaratri function on March 8, the hospital statement said.
The headache worsened by March 15, when he consulted Dr Suri over phone, it said.
Suri immediately suspected a subdural haematoma and advised an urgent MRI, it added.
The spiritual leader underwent a brain MRI on the same day, and it revealed massive bleeding in the skull.
“There was evidence of a chronic bleed of three to four weeks duration as well as fresh bleeding that had occurred within a duration of 24 to 48 hours,” the statement said.
Sadhguru was advised immediate hospitalisation and appropriate medication schedule adjustment, but he had important meetings and events scheduled for March 15 and March 16, it said, adding he completed the meetings with the support of pain medication.
On March 17, he developed a decline in his level of consciousness, and weakness in the left leg, and was admitted to the medical facility under the care of Dr Suri.
The CT scan revealed a marked increase in brain swelling and a decision was taken to operate, it said.
Sadhguru was managed by a team of doctors comprising Dr Vinit Suri, Dr Pranav Kumar, Dr Sudheer Tyagi and Dr S Chatterjee and underwent an emergency brain surgery on March 17 to remove the bleeding in the skull, the statement said. (Agencies)

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