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Hazare must end fast now or risk kidney failure: Doctors

Last updated on: December 28, 2011 13:07 IST

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Concerns over Anna Hazare's health mounted on Wednesday afternoon with doctors advising him to end his fast as its continuance could affect his kidneys.

 

The 74-year-old activist's sodium and chloride levels have gone down and there are signs of dehydration but no congestion in chest or throat.

 

"We strongly advise discontinuing the fast as continuing it may lead to kidney failure. There is evidence of dehydration," Ashwin Mehta of city's Jaslok Hospital, who examined Hazare along with P P Lahane, Dean of JJ Hospital, said.

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He said Hazare's temperature was 100 degrees, but his blood pressure dropped when standing, making it difficult for him to walk.

 

"His BP while sitting was 120/90 and 105/70 while standing. The Gandhian's pulse rate was 71," he said.

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"As doctors we have asked him to call off his fast. Now he has to take a decision," Lahane said.

Another associate Manish Sisodia said it was very important that he has some food so that he can take medicines.

 

"We are trying that he ends his fast, so that medicine can be given to him," he said.

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The veteran social activist has been ignoring requests from his close associates to call off his hunger strike, despite concerns about his health.

 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had also spoken to Hazare on Tuesday night and appealed to him to end his fast.

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