Jagathy Sreekumar (Photo: Anees Kodiyathur at ml.wikipedia.org)
Kozhikode, April 9, 2012
Well-known Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekumar, who was seriously injured in a road accident in Malappuram district of Kerala on March 10, is likely to be shifted from a Kozhikode hospital to the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS) said Sreekumar's condition had improved considerably and he was making progress towards recovery on a daily basis.
According to him, the 62-year-old actor would be taken in a mobile intensive care unit (ICU), accompanied by doctors, to the Kozhikode airport, where he would be transferred to an air ambulance arranged by CMC, Vellore.
The hospital had initially planned to transfer him to Vellore last week, but the move had to be postponed by a few days because he had developed fever.
The actor, popularly known as Jagathy, had been shifted out of the ICU at MIMS late last mnth and has been responding to physiotherapy well. He has also been interacting with his close relatives. He has also been obeying simple commands and was regaining his neurological functions.
Doctors felt the actor needed a well-planned rehabilitation programme and had, accordingly contacted CMC because its Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is said to be amongst the best in the country.
A neurology and rehabilitation team from CMC had visited MIMS last month and made an assessment of his condition, after they had accepted his transfer to Vellore for further care.
The mishap occurred at Thenhipalam in Malappuram district when the actor was on his way to Coorg in Karnataka, the location of director Lenin Rajendran's latest film, Edavapathi.
Since admission to the hospital on that day, Jagathy has undergone a series of surgeries, first to stop internal bleeding and then to treat the bone fractures he had suffered in his hip, a knee and his right forearm. Jagathy had suffered multiple fractures and injuries in the neck, abdomen and chest in the mishap. His lungs had also been impacted.
Sources said the Toyota Innova car, in which he was travelling, crashed into the median on National Highway 17 while negotiating a sharp curve. The driver of the car, Anil Kumar, also suffered injuries and is undergoing treatment in the same hospital.
Jagathy, who has performed an amazing variety of roles in more than 1100 films, has particularly excelled in comedy and has won the State Government's award in different categories four times.