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Thilakan continues to be critically ill, government to bear his treatment expenses

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 27 (): Malayalam actor Thilakan still continues to be in a critical state, who suffered a cardiac arrest on August 22. The 76-year-old actor is unconscious and not responding to medicines.

The film actor was admitted to a private hospital hospitalized following heart attack on August 22. He is on ventilator support and his condition is still serious.

V S Sivakumar, State Health Minister, who visited the actor, said doctors had told him that there was a ‘slight progress’ in Thilakan’s condition. He said the government would bear the entire expenses for the actor’s treatment. He ensured that Thilakan would be provided the best treatment available. He also hoped that the actor would return to normal life soon.

Dinesh Shantivila, a close friend of Thilakan said four days back, Thilakan underwent a cardiac arrest and was admitted to the Sri Uthradam Thirunal Hospital immediately. Later he was moved to the KIMS hospital on August 23.

The actor is being managed by a team of doctors including a neurologist, cardiologist, and intensivists, the medical bulletin said. The doctors have said that the brain cells have undergone damage and thus, even if he recovers, he will be in a state of paralysis.

From yesterday, relatives and friends of the actor from the film industry have been visiting the hospital. Film directors Sibi Malayil and Kamal, IAS officers K Jayakumar, M Vijayakumar, actors Suresh Gopi, Maniyanpilla Raju and many small screen personalities visited the hospital. Actor Mammootty called up Shoby Thilakan and has enquired about his father’s health.

Beginning his career in the 1950s through the theatre movement, he did his first film Ulkadal in 1979. In his over three decade film career, he has featured in about 300 films. His latest film, Ustad Hotel, is currently running in theatres. Thilakan is also a part of many successful Tamil movies.