Jagathy Sreekumar condition stable: Doctors

Kozhikode: The condition of popular Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who underwent an emergency surgery at a hospital here after suffering serious multiple injuries in a road accident, was stable and he has been responding to treatment, doctors attending on him said today.

"The condition of Sreekumar is stable. He is holding on and responding to medicines well and that is a good sign," Dr Abdulla Cheriakkat, Managing Director of Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences where the actor was admitted after the accident involving his car on Saturday, told reporters.

However, the 61-year old actor, who suffered multiple injuries in chest, abdomen, legs, would continue to remain on ventillator support for another 48 hours, he said.

Sreekumar, who has acted in over 1,000 films doing a variety of roles, largely as a comedian, suffered the injuries when the car in which he was heading to Kodagu in Karnataka for the shoot of a new movie rammed into the road median and overturned at nearby Tenhippalam in wee hours of Saturday. He underwent an abdomen surgery to arrest internal bleeding on Saturday.

Dr Cheriakkat said Sreekumar`s blood pressure had shown fluctuations last evening causing some concern, but it had stabilised. A CT scan of brain revealed there was no bleeding. However, kidney functioning has been impaired since the muscles in the abdomen were damaged. The actor also suffered damage to muscles in the legs, neck and chest,he said.

The hospital was making all efforts to contain any complications expected due to the multiple injuries, he added.