Friday, February 10, 2012

Amitabh Bachchan anxious about abdominal surgery

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

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Hospital and ready to get some investigations before they allow BigB

 Hospital,  Mumbai                Feb 10/11 ,  2012                 Fri/Sat  12 : 37 AM 


Ok … in Hospital .. and ready to get some investigations, before they allow me to sleep ..

Hospitals .. these wonderful structures that accomodate the ailing and take care of their disease or condition .. a pristine feel as you walk in and somewhere in the back of your mind the feel that if things are to get ok, this is where it shall happen ..

The staff and the doctors and the nurses with their proficiency and matured status, become reassuring to a visitor, and there descends upon us a compulsion to let ourselves be handled by them .. to let go of any questioning and leave it in their more technically superior hands. It is all about the faith and the strength of conviction that this lot will prevail and given the cooperation shall take care of your troubled body …

I have been to many such facilities in my life and I sometimes wonder how many more to go .. which I must admit is a bit harsh to think thus, but it is the fact in all honesty ..

Quite coincidentally we've been watching a serial on television called 'Grey's Anatomy' which deals with what goes on in a hospital in the US. The procedures, the valiant fight from the doctors in treating the severely damaged cases, their own personal stories and so on .. Its extremely engrossing. But now suddenly to find yourself inside one such facility, is quite amusing in a way and one hopes that all the positive side of the medical facility shall confine themselves to what they show on the tele. ..

I wish to thank all those that have most graciously sent in their concern and greetings for a speedy recovery. Your prayers shall go a long way in bringing me back to normal and for this I am always eternally grateful ..

The early morning call for the surgery is early and the moment the doctors saw me operating my laptop, which is the first facility I ask for when I travel out, they have shown consternation and demanded that all this has to stop and that I should be in bed .. I will .. but not connecting with the Ef is daunting and brings within me a certain dishonesty. So I shall keep this short and hopefully if all goes well inside the OT tomorrow morning shall be connecting again with all the family, the Ef ..

Despite extraneous circumstances, I did get to work in the morning on the Bhojpuri film, did a few meetings in office and have now descended to my hospital bed ..

Its very quiet in here, in my room. The smells are so typical of any medical facility, and the education one is given on the various gadgets in the room is an exercise by itself.

This has been one of the most insipid posts ever … but really, there is no particular thought that enters my brain for the moment … and for this lapse you must excuse me. There are times when the environment you find yourself in administers the temperament of the location … a Hospital is not inspiring enough to put in the delicacy of words and fresh thought, and so it remains … affecting all other faculties.

So good night … with a gentle prayer within ..


Amitabh Bachchan 


An Academy linked with its Internationl counterpart, the CAE

Jalsa  , Mumbai               Feb  9/10 , 2012             Thu/ Fri  12 : 10 AM

The trip to Gondia this morning was a huge revelation, about this very interesting city. The Minister in the Cabinet, Mr Praful Patel, invited me for the festival to celebrate the anniversary of his late Father, a dynamic personality who brought great emphasis on education and educating the lesser privileged. Stories of such strengths from people who began with the most humble beginnings, to now create and establish a modern city, with some of the most prestigious institutions housed there and prevailing well.

An Academy linked with its Internationl counterpart, the CAE, which trains pilots for the future was indeed an exciting moment. Young students, apart from training to be pilots were also involved in creative thinking. Indigenous designs that took care of solutions for the improvement of living in a complex society.

Where there was nothing at all to see they are now crowded with Technical Institutes and colleges and institutions for Commerce and hopefully medical as well ..

This city runs along another river, which remains dry for most part of the year, and as you cross the river you enter the next State , Madhya Pradesh, the state where Jaya comes from.

Among the several facilities made available to the institues, there are also vocations within for those that wish to go for the armed forces. It is indeed a complete and robust environment and one that deserves to be noticed with respect.

Back from there and straight into medical tests and procedures before the surgery. CT Scans and blood tests and IV injections … the lot ! How science has through decades of research and practicals now developed such immense skills, that it is a joy to hear and see the students of today, conscious, bubbling with excitement, keen to prove a point not just to themselves , but indeed the nation !!

I am now hounded about my surgery and given the licence that the media has, it is best to let them know the situation and not allow manufactured news on the matter go out unless checks and balances are done …

Let me just say that the issue and the problem is a legacy of the past in particular the accident of 1982 and Coolie. Subsequent disturbances have all and shall emanate from it. So I should learn to bear it now, feel the compulsion of the doctors to perform what they need to and leave myself and my body at their mercy.

The CT Scan has brought up some new discoveries, other than what I am going in for, and that is depressing, but if we do not have will to fight it out, you may as well, put your hands up and submit. Taking it all one at a time shall hopefully resolve the issues, but waiting is what the doctors advise.


Tomorrow morning it is back to the Bhojpuri film, which has few scenes unfinished, and soon after into the Hospital. Now the issue really is not the surgery, but the factor of a non signal from the hospital premise, so I wonder how I shall be able to message or even write the blog. But we shall find a way.

When you are able to see your dysfunctional organs on a computer screen, and be told of the ailment, I trip back to the early years, when such immediate discloser was never possible. A code of conduct for medical practitioners still exists I believe, and I have not come across obeying them and not give reason for them to draft, something fresh. There are medical wonders through the theory of the laptop and it is hard to find the good old practice of uncomplicated instruments, in conveying the message ..

I get in to the hospital tomorrow evening and then be prepared to be cut open .. a bit insensitive in its description, but you are the Ef .. and may you live long  ..

Love to you


Amitabh Bachchan

PS : Reshmi Phillips … we are with you in this hour of trial .. may your Father's soul rest in peace ..

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