Amitabh Bachchan anxious about abdominal surgery
Actor Amitabh Bachchan is scheduled to undergo an abdominal surgery on Saturday. He revealed this in his latest blog post.
The actor said he will get a CT scan done on Friday, and the rest of the procedure will be decided based on those results. Bachchan, however, has not revealed what hospital he will be treated at. Representatives of both hospitals he has been known to frequent - Lilavati and Seven Hills - said they weren't aware of where he will be admitted.
Dr Jayant Barve, gastroenterologist at Lilavati, who has treated Bachchan in the past, said, "I am not aware about any such surgery he is undergoing." Gastrointestinal oncologist and family doctor Dr P Jagannath, who operated on Bachchan in 2005, said, "I have no idea about the blog post or the surgery."
In the post, the actor said that his extended family (referred to in his blog as Ef or FmXT) was being informed of the surgery. "There were some medical procedures today as well, for, and this is being disclosed to the Ef at this point of time, a surgery that I shall be undergoing on the 11th," the post reads. "I do not wish to talk much on my medical condition, but trust and faith in my FmXt allows me to do so."
Bachchan added that the next few weeks are going comprise a series of trips to the hospital. "The surgery they say is not too complicated, but then all doctors say the same as you end up on the operating table and before long the details and the subsequent anxieties begin to rise... A pain in the abdomen has to be investigated tomorrow under a CT scan and then and only then shall the ok for the surgery be given... So the next few weeks shall be full of hospital and medical bulletins... Boring it may be, but it shall be as informative as possible," he said on his blog.
The actor suffered a near fatal intestinal injury while filming a fight scene in the 1982 movie Coolie. He remained in the hospital for months. He was also hospitalised in 2005 for diverticulitis of the small intestine.
Referring to the previous surgeries, Bachchan added that he has been troubled by stomach ailments for a long time. "It's a war zone, my body, and one which has been through a great deal and still does. I sometimes lament the fact that I do not have the benefit of a complete and ailment free body structure, and I wonder how wonderful it would be to be normal again."
He goes on to say that he accepts his fate with a smile, and is glad that the Almighty gave him courage to deal with his ailments. "That courage, wrapped as it were, in the love and prayers of well wishers has pulled me through on several occasions and on this one too I solicit similar."
Though Lilavati has denied Bachchan's admission, a source said that the actor frequently visits the hospital for check-ups. The source said last month Bachchan spent two hours in the hospital and was examined by both Dr Barve and Dr Jagannath.
Word is also doing the rounds that this time Bachchan will be admitted to Seven Hills, the same hospital where his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivered her child.
However Dr Bhujang Pai, Vice President of the hospital, said, "He will not be admitted here. This is just a rumour."
Lata Mishra and Jyoti Shelar