Veteran CPI(M) leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was rushed to a hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday (December 9) afternoon after he suffered severe breathing difficulties and his oxygen saturation fell to about 72. 

Bhattacharya has tested negative for COVID-19 and is responding to treatment, hospital authorities said, but has been put on non-invasive ventilatory support. 

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The 76-year-old veteran CPM leader was rushed to Woodlands Hospital on Wednesday afternoon around 2 pm after his existing breathing problems aggravated and his oxygen saturation fell to around 70, much less than the recommended cut off of 94 on the oximetre.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar went to the hospital on Wednesday after receiving news of the former chief minister's illness. He met Buddhadeb Bhattacharya. He later met the doctors in charge of Buddha's treatment. After meeting the former chief minister, he came out of the hospital and said that the former chief minister was in a critical condition. The carbon dioxide level and oxygen level have increased in his body compared to the past. 

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who had met Mr Bhattacharjee at his home in October, also wished him a speedy recovery. 
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted her concern about Mr Bhattacharjee's health and then visited the hospital to meet his wife and daughter and offer full support.

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A medical board has been set up by Woodlands hospital to monitor Mr Bhattacharjee's health and treatment. The board includes cardiologist Dr Saroj Mondal, pulmonologist Dr Ankan Bandopadhyay, critical care specialist Dr Soutik Panda, physician Dr Kaushik Chakraborty and anaesthesiologist Dr Asis Patra.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has been suffering from cardiac issues, CoPD and other old age-related ailments for quite some time.
Last year as well, he was rushed to a hospital in the city after he complained of breathing problems and his blood pressure fell drastically. His treatment has since continued at home.